Amid reports that the Indian government is considering the inclusion of lawyers within the ambit of The Consumer Protection Act, 1986, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has expressed its dissent by “strongly condemning” the proposed move.
The SCBA believes that the move would prove to be counterproductive. The SCBA has claimed that the move is also illegal, unconstitutional and violative of the Advocates Act, 1961 and designed to undermine the right of independent practice of without fear or favour.
“Such impositions influence the principle of freedom to profess and practise freely,” the association said. “This attempt will undermine the independence of the bar and its members and will weaken the administration of justice severely,” the association added.