Ad­vo­cates must pro­duce pho­tos while fil­ing cases, rules High Court

Un­earths fraud played upon the court by a group of lit­i­gants who had filed mul­ti­ple an­tic­i­pa­tory bail ap­pli­ca­tions

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Af­ter un­earthing a fraud played upon the court by a group of lit­i­gants who had filed mul­ti­ple an­tic­i­pa­tory bail ap­pli­ca­tions at the same time, the Madras High Court on Tues­day laid down new pro­ce­dures re­quir­ing the ad­vo­cates-on-record to sub­mit their pho­to­graphs, for scan­ning by the Reg­istry, while fil­ing cases.

Jus­tice S. Vaidyanathan or­dered that if the an­tic­i­pa­tory bail ap­pli­ca­tions were filed in pe­ti­tion for­mat, the ad­vo­cate-on-record should sign in all the pages of the pe­ti­tion, and if the an­tic­i­pa­tory bail pe­ti­tions were filed in the af­fi­davit for­mat, the per­son who is at­test­ing the af­fi­davit shall sign in all the pages.

“In ei­ther case, the name of the ad­vo­cate/at­test­ing per­son should be writ­ten/af­fixed in cap­i­tal let­ters men­tion­ing his place of qual­i­fi­ca­tion, en­rol­ment num­ber and cell phone num­ber. The pho­to­graph of the ad­vo­cates-on-record and that of the ad­vo­cate who at­tests the vakalat, shall form part of the vakalat and the reg­istry shall scan the vakalat so filed.

“The ad­vo­cate-on-record and the ad­vo­cate who at­tests the vakalat­nama shall pro­duce copies of the en­rol­ment cer­tifi­cate, Bar Coun­cil iden­tity card and present res­i­den­tial or of­fi­cial ad­dress as proof. The vakalat shall con­tain the ad­dress to­gether with con­tact de­tails. This will re­duce mal­prac­tice and erad­i­cate fake ad­vo­cates. For get­ting change of vakalat, the con­sent of the coun­sel-on-record is duly re­quired. Wher­ever the party is un­able to get change of vakalat, the new coun­sel should file the vakalat along with nec­es­sary doc­u­ments, men­tioned supra along with af­fi­davit and pe­ti­tion of the party,” the judge or­dered.

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