|Bar Council cancels advocate’s registration|
GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – In an unprecedented decision, the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim has cancelled the registration of an advocate, Uttam Kumar Chakraborty, on charges of grave professional misconduct.
This is said to be the first case of removal of the name of an advocate from the Roll of Advocates in the Northeast.
Chakraborty, being a Notary Public of Teliamura, Khowai, Tripura, notarized a large number of false affidavits without the signature of the deponent/declarant on the affidavits, and the affidavits were allegedly handed over to extremist outfits which used the same for obtaining passports, residential certificates, etc.
The other allegation against Chakraborty, as stated in the formal complaint to the Bar Council by Dilip Kumar Sarkar, relates to mutilation and destruction of a sale deed executed by him as vendor to transfer his right, title and interest of his own land. The sale deed was executed in favour of the father-in-law of Sarkar. The purpose of the fraud was to wipe out evidence regarding the execution of the sale deed for his own benefit.
“This case relates to the charges of serious misconduct of making fraud and destroying the sale deed for the benefit of the respondent (Chakraborty) and for the purpose of erasing out evidence to ensure the result of the civil suit or any proceeding in his favour. Further, the conduct of the respondent regarding notarization of false affidavits is a serious offence... hence, accordingly, we inflict the punishment for removal of the name of the respondent from the Roll of Advocates,” the Disciplinary Committee No. 2 of the Bar Council said in its judgement.