Chennai: The Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has prohibited five Chennai based advocates, who has been charged with extorting money from the owner of Saravana Stores Elite Jewellery shop in T Nagar, from practising law.
A communication from BCTP represented by its secretary C.Raja Kumar said by a resolution dated November 27, 2019, advocates M.Jagadeeshwaran from Ennore, V.Sriram from Kilpauk, A.Amanullah from Pudupettai, B.Murugan from East Tambaram and M.Sundara Pandya Raja from Kodambakkam have been prohibited from practice in all Courts, Tribunals and other authorities in India either in his name or in any assumed name till the disposal of disciplinary proceedings pending against them.
On November 13, the city police arrested the lawyers along with four others, who claimed to be journalist and police officers on charges of extortion.
According to police, Siva Aruldurai, owner of Saravana Stores Elite Jewellery Shop in T.Nagar complained to the police that one Dhanasekar who claimed to be the Vice President of Universal Press Media had visited the shop on November 3. He had exchanged some gold coins for a three sovereign gold chain.
Following this, he accused the shop of giving him a fake gold chain. Claiming to be from the press fraternity he said he would give the news to the media about the store and forced the shop to part with Rs 15 lakh.
On November 13, he returned with 14 other people and demanded Rs one crore saying the store was selling fake gold. The employees alerted the police, who arrived at the spot and nabbed nine persons, which included five advocates while the rest managed to escape....