Lawyer fined to donate in PGI for concealing facts to obtain a licence
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Bar Council announced penalty under Member Minderjit Yadav of Bar Council Punjab and Haryana 


There are such instances in day to day life that became an inspiration to many. An exceptional case of penalty has come into light that actually has raised the brows of many in the judiciary and in common people. This is when a Member of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana Minderjit Yadav imposed the penalty on two lawyers in a unique way by which social purpose too have been covered.

The enrolment committee of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana Consisting members Minderjit Yadav, Raj Kumar Chauhan has imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on a lawyer for concealing his private business and the pending criminal cases to get a license. This is the first time in the history of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana when a lawyer is punished in a unique way while donating penalty amounts for poor patients and in planting saplings.  

Complainant Harwinder Singh had stated that Mandeep Sood, the proprietor of ‘Sood Traders’ had got the licence of the Punjab Mandi Board, which was later cancelled on April 4, 2018. He further alleged that Sood had three cases pending against him.

As per the Advocates Act, 1961, these two factors make a candidate ineligible to get a lawyer’s licence. The committee did not cancel the license considering that Sood did not misuse it. He has been told to deposit 50% of the fine amount in the poor patients’ fund at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and the rest with the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana.

As per Minderjit Yadav, Former Chairman and Member Bar council stated that No advocate can work as a salaried person in any of the firm, company, quasijudicial institution and in a government job and if he did so, he has to inform the bar council before joining on that post in question. Incase he conceals, then the bar council has a right to struck off his name from the role of bar council or impose cost/penalty on the concerned person. 

Meanwhile, another lawyer, Bharat Puri, who has concealed that he was working as salaried person in some pharmaceutical company, has been given a period of three months to plant at least 250 saplings in the district courts of Hoshiarpur, and at medical camps in the district courts of Karnal and Rewari for concealing facts from the committee to obtain a licence

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