A group of lawyers in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu is seeking government action against 31 foreign law firms and a legal process outsourcing company for illegally practicing law “out of five-star hotels and business centers.”

According to Indian legal blog Bar and Bench, a petition for a writ compelling the government to act against foreign lawyers was filed in the Madras High Court by lawyer A. K. Balaji on behalf of a group called the Association of Indian Lawyers. Although international law firms are already barred from having offices in India — a restriction strengthened by a Bombay High Court decision in December — a member of the group behind the writ told Bar and Bench that other means by which foreign firms operate in India should also be targeted.

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