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The Union Minsiter for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan has clarified that there is no proposal to include lawyers under the ambit of the Consumer Protection law.
Following strong reactions from several lawyer bodies, including the Bar Council of India and the Bar Council of Delhi, the Union Minister took to Twitter and said,
Earlier this month, the Bar Council of Delhi had written to Paswan, registering its objections against proposal to include lawyers within the ambit of Consumer Protection Act, 2019.
Bar Council of Delhi had stated that the proposal was "highly deplorable" and that lawyers across the country would never accept their inclusion within consumer law.
Soon after, the Bar Council of India also wrote to the Union Minister to state that the outcome of the such inclusion would "undermine the legal profession" also also "be demeaning and derogatory for the whole class of advocates".
It had added that passing of such a law would lead to a "massive agitation" by the advocate fraternity, who would be "left with no other option but to come on the roads" in protest.
Meanwhile, the members of the Delhi High Court Bar Association also wore white armbands in protest against the proposal to include advocates under the ambit of 'service providers' under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019.