R.S.Jakhod Vs. Balwan
Singh  INSC 21 (7 January 2009)
JURISDICTION CIVIL APPEAL NO.4437 OF 2006 R.S. Jakhod ...Appellant(s) Versus
Balwan Singh ...Respondent(s) O R D E R Heard learned counsel appearing on
behalf of the appellant and the respondent, who has appeared in-person.
By the impugned
order, the Disciplinary Committee of Bar Council of India found the appellant
guilty of professional misconduct and directed that his name be removed from
the rolls of the State Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana.
On 31st October,
2006, notice was issued only on the quantum of punishment. At that time,
operation of the impugned order was not stayed.
Having heard learned
counsel for the appellant and the respondent and perused the records, we are of
the view that, in the facts and circumstances of the case, it would be just and
expedient if the punishment of removal of the appellant's name from the rolls
of the State Bar Council is substituted with that of suspension of his licence
for a period of six months from today.
Accordingly, the appeal is allowed in-part and, while upholding the finding of
processional misconduct, we set aside the direction given for removal of the
appellant's name from the rolls of the State Bar Council and direct that his
licence shall remain suspended for a period of six months from today.