‘Immediately stop all such advertisements’: Bar Council’s notice to Big B for dressing up as lawyer

New Delhi: The Bar Council of Delhi has issued a legal notice to Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, Everest Masala, YouTube, and a media house for using a lawyer’s attire in an advertisement. The notice stated that respondents have failed to take due precautions before using the lawyer’s attire and are liable for legal action for telecasting the advertisement without any authority.

“You are required to immediately stop all such advertisements and also give an undertaking to the Bar Council of Delhi, Bar Council of India and other states Bar Councils that the lawyers’ attire shall not be used in any advertisement in future,” the notice read.

The Bar Council also asked the respondents to give an undertaking in 10 days, failing which there will be action.

In the commercial, Amitabh Bachchan can be seen in what appears to be a dressing room, in a lawyer’s suit, as two junior artists enter and offer him pav bhaji. The actor praises the food, prepared with spices of the brand he is endorsing.

The veteran faced a similar situation when a jewellery advertisement featuring him and his daughter Shweta Bachchan had to be withdrawn after legal action was threatened against them for portraying bank employees in a negative light. Sections of the banking community were making calls on Twitter to boycott Kalyan Jewellers.

The fight was led by the All India Bank Officers’ Confederation, an organisation claiming to have a membership of around 3,20,000 bank employees. The association also threatened to launch an agitation against the jewellery chain.

(With inputs from agencies)