“Public servants and members of the Judiciary are not permitted to practice other professions including to practice as an Advocate before the Court of Law but the People Representatives are allowed, which is against the spirit of Article 14 and 15 of the Constitution”, the PIL said.
“A Legislator enjoys better salary, allowance and post-retirement benefits than the public servants and members of Judiciary. Legislator is a very noble, honorable and fulltime profession but it does not remain honorable merely by calling it as such, unless he is dedicated for welfare of the people of his constituency. Legislators are expected to put service to public and their constituents ahead of their personal interests”, says the PIL.
Upadhyay said many Lawmakers hold corporate retainer-ship and defend their lawbreaker clients in the Court of Law, which is the matter of conflict of interest. “It is not only immoral, unethical but also violation of the Rule 49 of the BCI Rules. This Hon’ble Court in Dr. Haniraj Chulani vs. Bar Council of Maharashtra has held that: Legal profession requires full time attention and would not countenance an Advocate riding two horses or more at a time”, his PIL said.
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