The Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) Wednesday wrote to the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa demanding strict action against lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee, who was formerly representing a model who has filed a rape and molestation case against Deputy Inspector General (Protection of Civil Rights) Sunil Paraskar.
In her letter to the Chairman of the Bar Council, MSCW Chairperson, Susieben Shah, has taken strong exception to alleged conversations between the model and Paraskar being made public allegedly by Siddiquee, and has asked for cancellation of the lawyer’s Sanad (licence to practice law).
The letter addressed to advocate Shaukat Qureshi, chairman of the Bar Council, has termed Siddiquee’s actions as “unethical” and “amounting to professional misconduct” under section 126 of the Evidence Act, which states that no barrister, attorney, pleader or vakil shall at any time be permitted, unless with his client’s express consent, to disclose any communication made to him by the client.
The alleged conversations between Siddiquee and the model leaked Tuesday suggest a publicity-garnering move by the latter. They also suggest that the intention of getting even with Paraskar, and professional-rivalry with another model, were what motivated the complainant to file the case against the officer.
“I am not deterred by these actions. It is my duty as a human being to support what I feel is morally right. I am given to believe that MSCW has made a complaint against me before the Bar Council under Section 126 of the Indian Evidence Act. Let me receive a copy of the same and then I will give a befitting reply,” said Siddiquee, in a statement released on Wednesday.
“Today was the anticipatory bail application hearing and the timing of releasing this information, shows definite connivance and attempts to colour the case,” said Susieben Shah, chairperson MSCW. The letter further contended that the leak was done with the “sole intention to malign the image” of the 26-year-old model.
“They (MSCW) have done an excellent job. I had strong objections against the advocate Rizwan Merchant(for Paraskar) trying to bring on record the alleged conversations between Siddiquee and my client in the court proceedings,” said Chitra Salunke, advocate for the model.