HC seeks Bar word on advocate wearing robe for personal issue

The Bombay High Court on Monday sought the opinion of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa (BCMG) after an advocate insisted that he will wear the lawyer`s robe while arguing his personal matter.

Updated: Sep 13, 2010, 23:07 PM IST

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday sought
the opinion of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa (BCMG) after
an advocate insisted that he will wear the lawyer`s robe while
arguing his personal matter.

BCMG Secretary Varsha Rokade submitted before Justices
Ajay Khanvilkar and U D Salvi that an advocate cannot put on
lawyer`s robes while appearing in a case pertaining to himself
or herself.

She cited a 1972 judgement of the High Court of Mysore
in this regard.

The matter arose out of a suo motu contempt taken by the
Bombay High Court against advocate Narendra Deshmukh.

Deshmukh insisted that he would wear the robe while
appearing in person in the contempt matter against himself.

The judges have kept the matter on September 21 for
further hearing.

PTI