BCI Issues Show Cause Notices To Lawyers For Anti-Women Remarks In BBC Documentary

07/03/2015 10:44 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian lawyer M.L. Sharma, who represents two of the five adult defendants on trial for the gang-rape of a student, speaks with the media outside the Saket District Court in New Delhi on January 10 ,2013. A lawyer for the defendants in the New Delhi gang-rape case accused police on January 10 of beating confessions out of them as they appeared for their second court appearance. AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

New Delhi — The Bar Council of India (BCI) late last night issued show cause notices to two lawyers who had appeared for the accused in the December 16 gangrape case for allegedly making derogatory anti-women remarks.

"We have issued the show cause notices to M L Sharma and A P Singh for their alleged remarks made in the (BBC) documentary," BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said.

The lawyers' apex body took the decision around midnight after its executive committee meeting in which it was found that there is a "prima facie" case of professional misconduct against these lawyers.

Indians wait for a bus at the bus stop where the victim of a deadly gang rape had boarded on Dec. 16, 2012, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

The notices have been issued under a provision of the advocates act and their licences to practice may be cancelled if BCI is not satisfied with their response.

Meanwhile, advocate Sharma refuted the charge, saying he has said nothing wrong to anybody.

In the controversial BBC documentary on the gang rape, Sharma reportedly said such incidents of rape are bound to happen if girls go out without proper security.

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