Following public outcry over the remarks made by two defence advocates in the December 16 gangrape case in a BBC documentary about the case, the Bar Council of India (BCI) and the Delhi Bar Council (DBC) are likely to take disciplinary action against the lawyers.
Advocates M L Sharma and A P Singh, who had defended the five accused in the gangrape and murder trial, had made several controversial statements in the BBC documentary, many of which were also made to other media during the course of the trial. The Delhi Bar council had issued a showcause notice to A P Singh in September 2013 after he made a derogatory statement to the media about the rape victim.
“The vice-chairman and executive committee chairman of the BCI are reaching Delhi on Friday. We will have a meeting then and discuss what can be done,” BCI chairman Manan Mishra said.
DBC chairman K K Manan said the DBC would be taking up the issue suo motu after the Holi break.