Appearing for Maoist not a crime, Madras HC cautions against implicating Advocates for professional duties

Meera Emmanuel November 5 2018

The Madras High Court recently noted that an advocate cannot be penalised simply because he does his professional duty to defend a client accused of having Maoist links. As noted in its order,

"Appearing for a Maoist is not a crime. On the other hand, if a Maoist accused of an offence seeks the professional assistance of a lawyer, it is his duty to defend."

JusticeĀ MV Muralidaran made the observation while discharging one, advocate Murugan . . .

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