The issue of rampant misuse of stickers announcing ‘ADVOCATE’ came up before the Madras High Court recently. The High Court wanted to know what was their sanctity? RAJU Z MORAY probes this sticky issue in his poem


People were parking anywhere

Even blocking someone’s gate

With windscreens displaying

Stickers proclaiming ‘Advocate’!


Traffic cops had stopped towing

Any such two-wheeler or car

If the offenders purported to be

Members of noble profession,Bar


Soon all and sundry caught on

And manufactured what it takes

The bazaars started overflowing

With stickers which were fakes


The cops were shocked to see

Advocates stickers everywhere

Taxis and rickshaws had them

Without consequences or care


Bar members were much feared

As they were united and strong

The Law therefore stayed clear

Though its famed arms were long


But one day the matter of stickers

Landed up in the High Court

And the learned judges spared none

As they had perused every report


“What is the sanctity of stickers?”

The judges were very quick to ask

Black coats turned to each other

And found stickers on every mask!


(Raju Z Moray is an advocate who practices law in the Bombay High Court when not puncturing bloated egos. He is the creator of ‘Gobble D. Gook’, his alter-ego, who figured in the ‘Court Jester’ columns of ‘The Lawyers’.)