"If any order has been passed by the Bar council, the remedy for the aggrieved person is very much available before the Bar Council of India, and not before this committee," ruled the committee, comprising chairman R Arunachalam and members K K S Ramachandran and R Ajay Kumar.

"The duty cast on the disciplinary committee is to inquire and dispose of only the suo motu complaint initiated as per the resolutions passed by the Bar council,” they said, adding arguments for stay of the order could not be accepted.

Tamil Nadu as on date has at least 44 lawyers serving suspension for alleged professional misconduct. The first batch of 14 was suspended by the Bar Council of India for taking out anti-helmet rallies and allegedly abusing judges. Their cases and that of another batch of eight, suspended for a tiff with CISF personnel, are being heard by a disciplinary committee of Karnataka Bar Council, at Bengaluru.

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