Bar Council of Delhi suspends licence of Karkardooma lawyer for allegedly using his chamber for performing religious conversion, Muslim marriages
6th July, 2021
The Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) has issued an interim order suspending a lawyer's licence for allegedly performing religious conversions and Muslim marriages in his chamber. The Secretary of BCD also sent Iqbal Malik, a lawyer, a communication to that effect. Illegal activities in an advocate's chamber are regarded to constitute a denial of the legal profession's dignity. "The alleged acts are neither authorised nor part of an Advocate's professional activity, and your conduct in performing a Nikah and issuing a certificate of conversion and Nikahnama/ Marriage certificate is completely humiliating and undermines the legal profession's dignity." Sohan Singh Tomar filed the complaint/allegation, alleging that Malik's chamber was being used for unlawful operations. Nikah (Muslim marriage) and religious conversions were said to be taking place in the Karkardooma Court chamber. In addition, the plaintiff claimed that his daughter was forcibly converted to Islam and married in Malik's room. According to the records, a conversion trust is being administered from the chamber, and the address of a Quazi has been listed as F-73 Karkardooma court, according to the BCD ruling. "Because various numbers are listed in the documents, namely F-322 and F-73, it is a subject that the Bar Council should investigate further to discover complete facts and truths," the order stated. However, based on the reasons and documentation, the activity of performing Nikah in a court chamber cannot be tolerated prima facie, and the Bar Council must take immediate action, according to the order. As a result, the BCD temporarily suspended the lawyer's licence in accordance with Rule 43 of the Bar Council of India Rules and Section 6(1) (d) of the Advocates Act, 1961. Further, a special disciplinary committee was constituted comprising Himal Akhtar (Vice Chairman, BCD), KC Mittal (Former Chairman, BCD) and Ajayinder Sangwan (Former Secretary, BCD).