New Delhi, Apr 17: Advocate Prashant Bhushan has resigned from the governing bodies of NGOs Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), Common Cause and Swaraj Abhiyan.
Bhushan said in a tweet: "People are asking if I have resigned from Common Cause, CPIL and Swaraj Abhiyan. I have resigned from the GBs (governing bodies) of these since the Bar Council was hounding me citing a rule that I can't appear in court for an organisation if I am on its governing body. I will continue to do their cases and guide them."
People are asking if I have resigned from CommonCause, CPIL& Swaraj Abhiyan. I have resigned from the GBs of these since the BarCouncil was hounding me citing a rule that I can't appear in court for an Org if I am on its governing body.I will continue to do their cases&guide them
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) April 16, 2019
According to the Bar Council Rules On Professional Standards, "an advocate should not appear in or before any judicial authority, for or against any establishment if he is a member of the management of the establishment."
Bhushan had received a notice from the Bar Council on the ground that he was representing the NGOs in the court despite being a member of the management of those organisations.
Prashant Bhushan quits governing bodies of Swaraj Abhiyan, 2 other NGOs