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
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.