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The BCI, however, took strong objection to Senior Advocate Gopal Sankarnarayanan's post on an electronic media platform registering criticism over the issuance of the show cause notice to Sen.
The Bar Council of India (BCI) today recalled and withdrew the show-cause notice issued to lawyer Suhasini Sen, in connection with the illegal advertisements on the website https://toplawyersofsupremecourtofindia.com.
The "Top Lawyers of Supreme Court Of Supreme Court of India" website had categorised many lawyers practising in Delhi into three categories, including a category for "good junior lawyers."
The BCI was of the opinion that the website was in clear violation of Rule 36, Chapter II, Part VI, Section IV of the Bar Council of India Rules which prohibited advertisement of the professional activities and accomplishments of advocates.
It had thus issued notice to two lawyers i.e. Advocates Raahul Trivedi and Suhasini Sen, who prima facie appeared to be responsible for the creation of the website.
In her reply to the show cause notice, Advocate Suhasini Sen stated that she had absolutely no connection with the website and that, in fact, she had sent a notice to the creator of the website, Advocate Raahul Trivedi, to remove her name.
The BCI also took note of Sen's clarification on her innocence on electronic media and remarked that her "language has been very decent and her conduct deserved appreciation too".
After looking the issue afresh, the BCI opined,
While withdrawing the show cause qua Sen, BCI added,
The BCI, however, took strong objection to Senior Advocate Gopal Sankarnarayanan's post on an electronic media platform on the issuance of the show cause notice to Sen.
In his statement posted on LinkedIn, Sankaranarayanan had remarked that BCI had "thrown all principles of law out of the window" when it decided to issue show cause to Sen.
Considering the "reaction, the tone and tenor of the language used by" Sankarnarayanan, BCI stated,
In its Press Release, BCI has also clarified that show cause notice qua Advocate Raahul Trivedi was still valid.