NEW DELHI — The Bar Council of Delhi suspended a lawyer’s license for using his chamber for performing Muslim marriages (nikahs) and religious conversions.

Performing nikah in the chamber or court premises is not permitted by an advocate or any other person and calls for urgent action by the council.

“The bar council has taken action based on a complaint that the lawyer was using his chamber for performing nikahs,” said Piyush Gupta, the Secretary of Bar Council of Delhi.

Bar Council of Delhi Chairman Ramesh Gupta ordered a Special Disciplinary Committee to be set up to investigate the matter.

Map of Delhi

The members of the committee include Himal Akhtar, vice-chairman of Bar Council of Delhi, K.C. Mittal, former chairman and member of Bar Council of Delhi, and Ajayinder Sangwan, former secretary and member of Bar Council of Delhi.

The council has urged the Registrar of Delhi High Court, District Judge concerned, and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delhi Police of the concerned area, to extend support to the committee.

The council has requested the District Judge (in-charge), Karkardooma Court, to cancel the allotment of the lawyer’s chamber and, as an interim measure, to seal the same and immediately stop illegal activities.

“Considering the gravity of the issue and to uphold the dignity and honor of the legal fraternity, I deem it fit to exercise the special powers conferred under Rule 43 of the Bar Council of India Rules and Section 6 (1) (d) of the Advocates Act, 1961,” said a notice issued by the Bar Council of Delhi.

“I deem it necessary and appropriate to suspend his license to practice until the finding and conclusion by the Disciplinary Committee.”

“He is directed to file his response before the Special Disciplinary Committee within seven days of receipt of this notice and to appear in person before the committee on July 16, at 4 pm in the office of Bar Council of Delhi, failing which the Special Disciplinary Committee shall take appropriate action.”

The committee will conduct an inquiry and decide as soon as possible, preferably within three months.

The council said the lawyer’s conduct in performing a nikah and issuance of the certificate of conversion and nikahnama (marriage certificate) is disgraceful and negates the dignity of the legal profession.

The Advocates Act, 1961, is to amend and consolidate the law relating to the legal practitioners and to provide for the constitution of Bar Councils and an All-India Bar.

(With inputs from ANI)

(Edited by Amrita Das and Saptak Datta. Map by Urvashi Makwana)

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