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“Do Not Allow Executive Committee To Interfere With SCBA Elections”; Lawyer Moves Delhi High Court For Free And Fair Elections

May 26, 2021

first_imgTop Stories”Do Not Allow Executive Committee To Interfere With SCBA Elections”; Lawyer Moves Delhi High Court For Free And Fair Elections Radhika Roy22 Jan 2021 9:14 AMShare This – xStating that “brazen attempts by the Executive Committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association” are being made to interfere with the election process and undermine the sanctity of the Election Committee, a plea has been filed before the Delhi High Court seeking for directions to SCBA to not interfere in the process of election. Filed by Advocate Abhinav Ramkrishna, the plea submits that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginStating that “brazen attempts by the Executive Committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association” are being made to interfere with the election process and undermine the sanctity of the Election Committee, a plea has been filed before the Delhi High Court seeking for directions to SCBA to not interfere in the process of election. Filed by Advocate Abhinav Ramkrishna, the plea submits that the Executive Committee is making attempts to interfere with the election process and undermine the sanctity of the duly-appointed Election Committee in complete and blatant violation of the Rules, thereby upsetting free and fair elections of the SCBA Office Bearers for the year 2020-2021. “The manner in which the Executive Committee of the Respondent Association has sought to usurp the powers of the Election Committee and has forced the Election Committee to resign clearly smacks of malafide and is illegal”. The plea delineates how the Election Committee was nominated in the second week of January, 2021, vide the minutes of meeting dated 04.12.2020 of the Executive Committee wherein it had been unanimously resolved that elections for the term of 2020-2021 would be conducted through online mode. A discussion was also entered into with NSDL to conduct elections on a virtual platform. The issue arises with a Resolution dated 14th January, 2021, being passed by the Executive Committee, overriding the decision of the Election Committee to begin polling on 29.01.2021, by stating that the election shall be carried out in a hybrid mode and should be conducted by third week of February 2021. “It is further most respectfully submitted that as per the scheme of the Rules the only power conferred to the Executive Committee with regard to the elections is to nominate the Election Committee and follow the directions of such duly constituted Election Committee. The refusal by the Executive Committee to sanction the expenses payable to NSDL for the conduct of elections and passing of a Resolution that the election shall be held in hybrid mode is therefore in the teeth of Rule 17A”. Due to the refusal of the Executive Committee, the Election Committee, with Senior Advocate Jaideep Gupta as its Chairperson, Senior Advocates Harin P. Raval and Nakul Dewan as Members, tendered their resignation, stating that it was impossible for them to continue their duties in the given circumstances. The plea submits that the actions/inactions of the Executive Committee have adversely affected and grossly undermine the democratic process, and that refusing to carry out directions of the Election Committee and inaction in nominating a new Election Committee is against public interest after the erstwhile Committee resigned. In light of the above, the plea prays for the Resolution of the Respondent Association dated 14.01.2021 to be quashed and for directions to constitute an Election Committee at the earliest. Further, the plea seeks for directions to ensure that the SCBA refrains from taking any other decision pertaining to the conduct of the elections. DAVE RESIGNEDSenior Advocate Dushyant Dave had resigned from the post of President of SCBA last week.In his letter, Dave noted that the term of the Executive Committee has already come to an end and they had planned to hold virtual elections.However, due to reservations held by some lawyers, the same could not be done and now, it may not be morally correct for him to continue as the President.Click here to download the PetitionNext Storylast_img

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