The Bar Council of Delhi (BCD), on Monday, issued an eight-week suspension to an advocate for soliciting work by printing his mobile number on public walls.
The advocate, Shakeel Khan, advertised himself as a “specialist in divorce and court matters” and prinyed his mobile number on the public walls of South Delhi. The BCD contacted the advocate on his mobile phone and then concluded that he had committed professional misconduct. It is noted that the advocate’s conduct was in gross violation of Rule 36 which prohibits an advocate from soliciting work, communication, advertising, circulation etc. It was also stated that it violated Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act 2007. The BCD said that an advocate is an officer of the court and the legal profession was not a trade or a business.