Settle issue out of court, HC tells lawyers' body

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the New Delhi Bar Association (NDBA) and an advocate, whose chamber was sealed by the lawyers’ body over his alleged abusive behaviour, to settle their dispute out-of-court.

Justice G S Sistani asked NDBA and advocate Vijay Aggarwal, who represents some of the accused in 2G spectrum allocation case, to settle the issue and posted the matter for March 21.

Aggarwal was expelled from NDBA membership and his chamber at Patiala House Courts complex sealed by the lawyers’ body after he allegedly threatened a lawyer and also called some bouncers in the court premises on March 1.

Challenging the NDBA’s decision, Aggarwal moved the High Court saying, “Powers of sealing of chambers is within the exclusive domain of NDMC and cannot be sub-delegated to the private bodies like NDBA.”

To the bar association’s demand for an “unconditional” written apology to it and members, Aggarwal’s counsel Aman Lekhi submitted that his client is ready for it. “Take your time, do whatever you want. But if a person is willing to give unconditional apology, now onus is on you (NDBA). Find out where the shoes are pinching,” Justice Sistani said.

According to a statement issued by NDBA earlier, a general body meeting (GBM) was held to discuss the issue of abusing, threatening and unethical behaviour of Aggarwal.
The bar members had alleged that Aggarwal and the bouncers beat up the lawyers after some heated arguments, a charge denied by Aggarwal.

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