Recently Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana barred 140 lawyers from practicing/appearing in any court after they were found guilty of "possession of fake and fabricated enrollment certificates".
All these people were practicing in the same district of Punjab (Ludhiana) and were appearing in the court.
The Bar has termed the case of practicing on the basis of fake Enrollment Certificate (Advocate's License) as a scam and a classic case.
The Disciplinary Committee of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, which included CM Munjal, Chairman Harish Rai Dhanda, member and co-opted member Vikas Bishnoi, has sent a list of such advocates to the Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana for immediate action, leading to the conviction of the culprits. to be prosecuted.
The Bar's disciplinary committee was disposing of a complaint filed by a Ludhiana-based lawyer David Gill against Parminder Singh, who was enrolled as an advocate, alleging that he did not hold a valid licence.
During the hearing, the Disciplinary Committee constituted a three-member internal committee to examine the licenses of all the members of the District Bar Association.
The committee comprising Rajesh Kumar, Rahul Grover and Pradeep Sharma presented its report by displaying a chart made by comparing voter lists provided by Bar Association Ludhiana and Bar Council records.
After scrutiny of records from 2000 to 2021, it was revealed that a total of 140 advocates of Ludhiana were practicing on non-existent enrollment numbers.