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A lawyer is prohibited from engaging in any other business or occupation while doing practice. Such a violation constitutes gross professional misconduct as per the Bar Council of India rules. This has been consistently emphasized by the Supreme Court in its rulings concerning the legal profession.
The Bar Council took action against two lawyers whose practices were suspended. One lawyer was found to be operating a taxi service, while the other was engaged in real estate business.
The Bar Council has the authority to either suspend a lawyer's practice or revoke their license to practice law. This decision is made by the disciplinary committee after considering evidence and hearing both parties.
There have been instances where lawyers involved in serious professional misconduct have been permanently debarred from the legal profession. To pursue other occupations, lawyers can approach the Bar Council to temporarily suspend their legal practice, but in this particular case, the lawyers failed to do so.
The SC upheld the actions taken by the Council against these two lawyers. The SC noted that these rules are crafted by the Council to uphold the sanctity of this noble profession, and any violation would ultimately erode the values of the legal profession.