Plea claims advocates' band symbol of Christianity, lawyers dress code not suitable for Indian weather: Allahabad High Court notice to BCI

17th July,2021

Plea claims advocates' band symbol of Christianity, lawyers dress code not suitable for Indian weather: Allahabad High Court notice to BCI



The Allahabad High Court has given notification to the Bar Council of India (BCI) on a request looking for prohibition on the present/current clothing regulation for advocates asserting that it is inadmissible for the climatic conditions that win in India (Ashok Pandey v. Bar Council of India). A Division Bench of Justices Devendra Kumar Upadhyay and Ajai Kumar Srivastava gave the notification to the BCI and looked for it reaction inside about a month.

"Issue notice to respondent No.1, returnable on 18.08.2021. Steps be taken inside seven days. Meanwhile, respondents will record their counter oath," the Court requested. The applicant, Ashok Pandey presented that India stays under a warmth wave for a very long time a year and the clothing standard for attorneys doesn't consider something similar. "India is a nation where a significant part stays under heat waves for a very long time," the request said. Strangely, the supplication additionally raised a strict point asserting that convincing a non-christian to wear a band, which is image of Christianity, is violative of crucial right ensured under Article 25 of the Indian Constitution.

Further, it was presented that wearing a white saree or salwar kameez is an image of widows as indicated by the Hindu culture and customs and there was no utilization of psyche with respect to the BCI while endorsing the current clothing standard for legal advisors in the country. "At the point when the BCI recommended the clothing regulation without thinking about the climatic states of the country, it was occupant with respect to the public authority to request that the BCI reevaluate its choice, however the public authority didn't play out its obligation to secure the basic right of attorneys of not being compelled to follow a clothing regulation that is amazingly difficult in summer and against our strict conviction," the appeal said.