BCI Rules, Part VI, Chapter II, section IV – Duty To Colleagues, Rule 39
39. An advocate shall not enter appearance in any case in which there is already a vakalat or memo of appearance filed by an advocate engaged for a party except with his consent; in case such consent is not produced he shall apply to the Court stating reasons why the said consent could not be produced and he shall appear only after obtaining the permission of the Court.
Giriraj Prasad Sharma vs University Of Rajasthan And Ors. on 23 April, 1986
Rajasthan High Court
V S Dave, I S Israni
Equivalent citations: 1987 (1) WLN 107
1. Mr. Giriraj Prasad Sharma, is present in court. He is identified by Shri A.K. Bhargava, learned Counsel for the petitioner(Advocate) who has initially filed this appeal. Appellant has filed an application before this court that he does not want to press this appeal and the subject matter of writ petition, he wants to withdraw the same. This case came up before us on 21-4-1986 also on which date Shri Bhargava, who as mentioned above, initially, was the counsel, sought to argue the appeal after getting the case listed in supplementary cause-list which we permitted despite heavy cause-list. Thereafter Mr. B.K. Pathak, appeared and gave out that he wants to withdraw the petition and it was after this application was filed that this court was placed in a situation where one counsel intended to argue the case on merits, while the another expressed the desire to withdraw. We thought it proper to direct the presence of the appellant in person, the appellant is present before us today. We permit the withdrawal but at the same time we will like to express our dis-pleasure at the manner in which the case is being conducted. It is the Rule, framed Under Section 49 of the Advocates Act, that when there is already a lawyer, the lawyer who subsequently wants to put an appearance, should seek the consent of the first lawyer. This was not done. The Rule was not to be followed in breach but has been enacted to be observed. This sort of the conduct of learned Counsel precisely places the court in dilemma as to whether case should be heard on merits or not and party in person has to be called for ascertaining. We would like to observe that when power is filed at a subsequent stage then it should either be after withdrawal of power of certain counsel or after obtaining his consent. Else it is clearly a breach of rules of professional etiquettes and conduct.
2. In view of the fact that appellant is present in person and confirms that he has filed the application for withdrawal along with an affidavit, we permit the same. This appeal stands dismissed as withdrawn.