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SUPREME COURT JUDGMENTS ON “BOYCOTT BY LAWYERS”

 

Common Cause, A Registered Society Vs. Union of India 

(2009) 9 SCC 295

 

Permissibility - Action to be taken against Bar Associations/Lawyers instigating /participating in strikes - Role of State Bar Councils and Bar Council of India – Need for immediate disciplinary action, and imposition of costs by courts in addition to compensation payable by advocate to client for loss suffered due to his non-appearance - Role of Supreme Court as final Appellate Authority under Sec.38, Advocates Act – Advocates Act 1961 S.35,36,37, and 38 - Disciplinary action for strike/boycott - Need for immediate.

Harish Uppal (Ex.Capt) Vs. Union of India

 

(2003) 2 SCC 45.

Legality - Powers of courts and duty of Bar Council or Bar Association in the matter of lawyers' strike If a lawyer, holding a Vakalat of a client, abstains from attending court due to a strike call, he shall be personally liable to pay costs which shall be in addition to damages which he might have to pay his client for loss suffered by him.

Ramon Services P.Ltd., Vs. Subhash Kapoor

 

(2001) 9 SCC 118

Contention that Supreme Court declared that strikes and boycotts to be illegal only when deciding Mahabir Prasad Singh (1999) 1 SCC 37 Case also rejected - regrettably courts have contributed to continuance of strikes by sympathising with the Bar and by failing to discharge their legal obligations - In future, inaction by courts may result in contempt of Supreme Court.   In future advocates would be answerable for the consequences, at least the monetary loss, suffered by their clients, if non-appearance by advocates were due solely to a strike call.

Koluttumottil Razak Vs. State of Kerala

 

(2000) 4 SCC 465

Duty of Court to carry on with court proceedings - Adjournment not justified where appellant was languishing in jail for a long time -  Court should in such cases look into the matter itself and interfere if necessary on merits.

Mahabir Prasad Singh Vs. Jacks Aviation (P) Ltd.,

 

(1999) 1 SCC 37 =

AIR 1999 SC 287

No court is obliged to adjourn a cause because of the strike call given by any association of advocates or a decision to boycott the courts either in general or any particular court. It is the solemn duty of every court to proceed with the judicial business during court hours. No court should yield to pressure tactics or boycott calls or any kind of browbeating.

 

Constitutional Bench Judgments by Supreme Court of India

 

Bench Strength

Cause Title

Citation

13 Judges

Kesavananda Bharati Vs. State of Kerala

(1973) 4 SCC 225 = AIR 1973 SC 1461

11 Judges

State of Bombay Vs. Kathi Kalu Oghad   

AIR 1961 SC 1808

11 Judges

Golak Nath Vs. State of Punjab   

AIR 1967 SC 1643

11 Judges

Rustom Cavasjee Cooper (Banks Nationalisation) Vs. Union of India

(1970) 1 SCC 248 = AIR 1970 SC 564

11 Judges

Madhav Rao Jivaji Rao Scindia Vs. Union of India  

 (1971) 1 SCC 85   = AIR 1971 SC 530

11 Judges

TMA Pai Foundation Vs. State of Karnataka 

(2002) 8 SCC 712

9 Judges

Sea Customs Act, S.20(2), Re     

 

AIR 1963 SC 1760

9 Judges

State Trading Corpn. of India Ltd., Vs. CTO   

AIR 1963 SC 1811

9 Judges

Naresh Shridhar Mirajkar Vs. State of Maharashtra 

AIR 1967 SC 1

9 Judges

Superintendent and Remembrancer of Legal Affairs Vs. Corpn. of Calcutta

AIR 1967 SC 997

9 Judges

Ahmedabad St. Xavier's College Society Vs. State of Gujarat        

 (1974) 1 SCC 717

9 Judges

Indra Sawhney Vs. Union of India          

1992 Supp (3) SCC 215

9 Judges

Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association Vs. Union of India

(1993) 4 SCC 441=AIR 1994 SC 268

9 Judges

S.R.Bommai Vs. Union of India   

(1994) 3 SCC 1 = AIR 1994 SC 1918

9 Judges

Attorney General for India Vs. Amratlal Prajivandas                            

 (1994) 5 SCC 54

9 Judges

Mafatlal Industries Ltd., Vs. Union of India

 (1997) 5 SCC 536

9 Judges

New Delhi Municipal Council Vs. State of Punjab                        

 (1997) 7 SCC 339 = AIR 1997 SC 2847

9 Judges

Special Reference No.1 of 1998, Re   

(1998) 7 SCC 739 = AIR 1999 SC 1

9 Judges

I.R.Coelho Vs. State of T.N.                 

(2007) 2 SCC 1 = AIR 2007 SC 861

 

Constitutional Bench (7-Judges) Judgments by Supreme Court of India

S.No

Cause Title

Citation

1.       

Keshavan Madhava Menon Vs. State of Bombay

AIR 1951 SC 128

2.       

B.Venkataramana Vs. State of Madras

AIR 1951 SC 229

3.       

State of Madras Vs. Champakam Dorairajan

AIR 1951 SC 226

4.       

United Commercial Bank Ltd., Vs. Workmen

AIR 1951 SC 230

5.       

Delhi Laws Act 1912, In Re,

AIR 1951 SC 332

6.       

State of W.B. Vs. Anwar Ali Sarkar

AIR 1952 SC 75

7.       

Kathi Raning Rawat Vs. State of Saurashtra

AIR 1952 SC 123

8.       

Commr. Hindu Religious Endowments Vs. Sri Lakshmindra Thirtha Swamiar of Sri Shirur Mutt

AIR 1954 SC 282

9.       

P.Joseph John. Vs. State of Travancore-Cochin,

AIR 1955 SC 160

10.   

R.S.Seth Shanti Sarup Vs. Union of India

AIR 1955 SC 624

11.   

Budhan  Choudhry Vs. State of Bihar 

AIR 1955 SC 191

12.   

Ganpati Singhji Vs. State of Ajmer

AIR 1955 SC 188

13.   

Hari Vishnu Kamath Vs. Ahmad Ishaque

AIR 1955 SC 233

14.   

Gurunath  Vs. Kamlabai      

AIR 1955 SC 206

15.   

Bengal Immunity Co. Ltd., Vs. State of Bihar

AIR 1955 SC 661

16.   

N.B.Khare Vs. Election Commission of India        

AIR 1957 SC 694

17.   

Kerala  Education Bill, 1957 Re       

AIR 1958 SC 956

18.   

Lt. Col. Khajor Singh Vs. Union of India    

AIR 1961 SC 532

19.   

CIT Vs. Bai Shirinbai K.Kooka

AIR 1963 SC 477

20.   

Automobile Transport Ltd., Vs. State of Rajasthan

AIR 1962 SC 1406

21.   

Ujjam Bai Vs. State of UP   

AIR 1962 SC 1621

22.   

Chhotabhai Jethabhai Patel Vs. State of UP

AIR 1962 SC 1614

23.   

R.P.Kapur Vs. S.Pratap Singh Kairon         

AIR 1964 SC 295

24.   

Makhan Singh Tarsikka Vs. State of Punjab         

AIR 1964 SC 381

25.   

Moti Ram Deka Vs. GM, North East Frontier Rly

AIR 1964 SC 600

26.   

State of Gujarat Vs. Vora Fiddali Badruddin Mithibarwala

AIR 1964 SC 1043

27.   

Powers, privileges andImmunities of State Legislatures Re,

AIR 1965 SC 745

28.   

Keshav Mills Co. vs. CIT     

AIR 1965 SC 1636

29.   

State of Kerala Vs. Aluminium Industries Ltd.,

(1965) 16 STC 689

30.   

Kamala Mils Ltd., Vs. State of Bombay     

AIR 1965 SC 1942

31.   

StraW Products Ltd., Vs ITO

AIR 1968 SC 579

32.   

Mohd. Yaqub Vs. State of J&K      

AIR 1968 SC 765

33.   

Municipal Corpn. of Delhi Vs. Birla Cotton Spg. and Wvg Mills,

AIR 1968 SC 1232

34.   

Keshavlal Jethalal Shah Vs.Mohanlal Bhagwandas

AIR 1968 SC 1336

35.   

State of Maharashtra Vs. Madhavrao Damodar Patil

AIR 1968 SC 1395

36.   

Ramanlal Gulabchand Shah Vs. State of Gujarat

AIR 1969 SC 168

37.   

Madhu Limaye Vs. Sub Divisional Magistrate

(1970) 3 SCC 746

38.   

Jagannath Vs. Authorised Officer, Land Reforms

(1971) 2 SCC 893

39.   

Union of India Vs. H.S.Dhillon

(1971) 2 SCC 779

40.   

Misrilal Jain Vs. State of Orissa      

(1977) 3 SCC 212

41.   

State of Rajasthan Vs. Union of India

(1977) 3 SCC 592

42.   

Trustees for the Improvement of Calcutta Vs. Chandra Sekhar Mallick         

(1977) 3 SCC 448

43.   

STO Vs. Ajit Mills Ltd.,                 

(1977) 4 SCC 98

44.   

State of Karnataka Vs. Ranganatha Reddy 

(1977) 4 SCC 471

45.   

State of Karnataka Vs. Union of India      

(1977) 4 SCC 608

46.   

Vishnu Agencies P.Ltd., Vs CTO               

(1978) 1 SCC 520

47.   

Pathumma Vs. State of Kerala                

(1978) 2 SCC 1

48.   

Maneka Gandhi Vs. Union of India 

(1978) 1 SCC 248

49.   

State of Maharashtra Vs. Man Singh Suraj Singh Padvi    

(1978) 1 SCC 615

50.   

State of Kerala Vs. M.K.Krishnan Nair       

(1978) 1 SCC 552

51.   

Charan Lal Sahu Vs. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy

(1978) 1 SCC 500

52.   

Prag Ice & Oils Mills Vs. Union of India     

(1978) 3 SCC 459

53.   

Madan Mohan Pathak Vs. Union of India   

(1978) 2 SCC 50

54.   

Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board Vs. A.Rajappa         

(1978) 2 SCC 213

55.   

Special Courts Bill 1978 in Re

(1979) 1 SCC 380

56.   

V.Dhanapal Chettiar Vs. Yesodai Ammal   

(1979) 4 SCC 214

57.   

Tara Prasad Singh Vs. Union of India        

(1980) 4 SCC 179

58.   

S.P.Gupta Vs. Union of India                  

1981 Supp SCC 87 =

AIR 1982 SC 149

59.   

A.R.Antulay Vs. R.S.Nayak            

(1988) 2 SCC 602

60.   

S.S.Rathore Vs. State of MP          

(1989) 4 SCC 582

61.   

Synthetics and Chemicals Ltd., vs State of UP

(1990) 1 SCC 109

62.   

India Cement Ltd., Vs State of T.N

(1990) 1 SCC 12

63.   

Mafathlal Industries Ltd., Vs. Union of India

1995 Suppl (3) SCC 316

64.   

TMA Pai  Foundation Vs. State of Karnataka       

(1994) 2 SCC 734

65.   

L.Chandra Kumar Vs. Union of India        

(1997) 3 SCC 261

66.   

Pradeep Kumar Biswas Vs. Indian Institute of Chemical Biology

(2002) 5 SCC 111

67.   

P.Ramachandra Rao Vs. State of Karnataka        

(2002) 4 scc 578

68.   

P.A.Inamdar Vs. Stateof Maharashtra       

(2005) 6 SCC 537

69.   

SBP & Co. Vs. Patel Engg. Ltd.,     

(2005) 8 SCC 618

70.   

State of Gujarat Vs. Mirzapur Moti Kureshi Kassab Jamat

(2005) 8 SCC 534

71.   

State of T.N. Vs. P.A.Inamdar                

(2006) 13 SCC 293

 

    

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