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Sep 25, 2018
6:22PM

SC dismisses plea to ban lawmakers from practising as lawyers

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Lawmakers can continue practising as lawyers in courts after the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea arguing for a ban.


A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on July 9 reserved the order on the PIL filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay. 


The PIL sought to bar MPs, MLAs and MLCs from practising in courts during their tenure in the legislature which was a violation of Article 14 of the Constitution. 


The bench had earlier taken note of the Centre's submission that an MP or an MLA is an elected representative and not a full-time employee of the Government, hence the plea was not maintainable.


However, senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Upadhyay told the court that a lawmaker draws a salary from the public exchequer and a salaried employee is debarred by the Bar Council of India from practising in the courts of law. 


To this, the bench replied that employment postulates a master-servant relationship and the government of India is not the master of a Member of Parliament.

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