GUWAHATI, Aug 24 - The Gauhati High Court Bar Association today suspended senior advocate Bhaskar Dev Konwar for allegedly making derogatory statements maligning the image of the Association and its members.
At a press conference here today, members of the Association, including senior counsel AK Bhattacharya said that Konwar has been served a showcause notice in this regard.
Advocate Bijon Kumar Mahajan, addressing the media, said that a member of the Association has all the right to express his dissent over any resolution adopted in a meeting, but he or she cannot bypass any decision unanimously taken by the Association and act otherwise or show dissent in a public platform.
Konwar had allegedly defied the decision of the Association to abstain from all the proceedings before the court of the acting Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court K Sreedhar Rao in the wake of the decision taken by the latter to transfer all the public interest litigations from Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram to the Gauhati High Court.
Reacting to the suspension, senior counsel Bhaskar Dev Konwar said, �My suspension is illegal and I never made any derogatory statement in print and electronic media maligning the image of the Gauhati High Court Bar Association.
�The action of the Bar Association is highly unfortunate. My fight for justice will continue,� Konwar said.
The Association, meanwhile, demanded that the acting Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court K Sreedhar Rao be relieved from all the judicial proceedings or be allowed to go on leave with immediate effect in the wake of his reported confession that �he was offered Rs 5 crore� by a Karnataka-based advocate friend of his son in connection with the Rose Valley case.
The Association said that the confession was made by the acting Chief Justice himself in a recent meeting attended by the office bearers of the Bar Association and some Judges of the Gauhati High Court.