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Following media reports that the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India is contemplating to include lawyers within the ambit of Consumer Protection Act, the Bar Council of Delhi has written a letter to the Union Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan to register its objections.
The letter states,
“As per the information available, your Minsirty is framing Rules under the Act and wants to surreptitiously include lawyers under the proposed Rules so as to bring lawyers across the country within the jurisdiction of Consumer Redressal Forum. This is highly deplorable and the lawyers across the country will never accept their inclusion within the definition of the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act."
Thus, requesting the Minister to not proceed with any proposal to include lawyers within the ambit of the Act, the Council's letter adds,
“The legal profession is an integral part of the justice delivery system and is not a commercial or trade activity and the legal professional cannot be included for any purpose under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019, or its Rules as it is being contemplated."
The Bar Council of Delhi has stated that if any such step is pursued further, the matter could be taken up by the “entire legal community across the country” to take a final view.