The Bombay High Court on Friday disposed of a plea challenging the amended Bar Council of India (BCI) Rules that prohibit lawyers from making indecent, derogatory, defamatory, motivated, malicious or mischievous statements against any court, judge, State Bar Council or the BCI (Amritpal Singh Khalsa v. Bar Council of India)..The Court was informed by Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh and Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni that BCI has decided to review the Rules in the wake of concerns expressed by several lawyers. On June 30, 2021, BCI had issued a press release intimating that till the Review Committee submits its report, the amendment would be kept in abeyance..The Bench of Justices PB Varale and Madhav Jamdar stated that in the event there is any grievance arising out of the outcome of the review, the petitioner can always move court. "The notification is kept in abeyance. If there is any outcome, then we are not closing the door. You can then approach any forum including the judicial forum. If the petitioner is aggrieved by the decision, then he can always approach," the Court stated. The Bench also indicated that the petitioner could approach any of the advocates associations with a representation..The petition filed by Mumbai lawyer Amritpal Singh Khalsa said that the rules are "a direct attack on the independence of the bar".The new amendments were notified in the gazette on June 25. It introduced two key changes to the BCI Rules - Sections V and V-A added to Part VI, Chapter II of the Rules.The petition contended that the amendment is violative of the Advocates Act, 1961 and Articles 14, 19(1) (c)and 21 of the Constitution. Khalsa, therefore, sought a stay on the operation of the Rules and a direction to declare them unconstitutional and void..The amended rules lay down that a lawyer making any statement which is indecent or derogatory, defamatory, motivated, malicious, or mischievous against any court, judge, State Bar Council or the BCI, can be a ground for suspension or cancellation of licence to practice law..The new Rules have also been challenged before the Supreme Court and the Kerala High Court.