Taking note of the submission made by the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh that a meeting was held with the Bar Council of India and that an amicable resolution had been reached between the parties, the Delhi High Court last week disposed of a plea filed by the State Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh, alleging that BCI was attempting to take over its functioning.
The Bench of Justice Prathiba M. Singh, however, directed the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh to appoint the Member Secretary in accordance with its Rules and Regulations and if there are no such Rules framed then steps shall be taken within a reasonable period, in accordance with the law, to frame such rules.
Earlier, the Court had directed,
"The meeting with the BCI shall accordingly take place on 15th March, 2021. On the said date, all the respective groups may be represented and an attempt shall be made to sort out the disputes between the different factions of the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh."
Submissions made by the parties
The Court noted that pursuant to the amicable resolution, the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh had already expunged the adverse remarks against the BCI.
Thereafter, it was submitted on behalf of the BCI that it agrees not to insist the enforcement of its orders dated 19th January, 2021 and 2nd February, 2021, which were the letters impugned in this petition.
Further, it was also submitted that the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh ought to conduct its activities strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Advocates Act, 1961, BCI Rules and applicable Regulations.
Lastly, BCI submitted that the Member Secretary ought to be appointed in terms of the applicable Rules/Regulations.
In view of this stand, the Court directed,
"Since the Executive Committee of the BCUP is already functioning, it is directed that the Member Secretary shall now be appointed by the said Executive Committee in accordance with law."
Consequently, the petition was disposed of in the above terms. The questions of law raised in the petition was, however, left open.
On receipt of a complaint against the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council, the BCI had issued two Circulars dated 19th January, 2021 and 2nd February, 2021 for the appointment of a nine-member Committee to look after its activities and a three-member Committee for conducting its elections, respectively.
Opposing the same, the UP Bar Council submitted that vide the impugned circulars, the State Bar Council was, in effect, superseded by the BCI and its bank accounts were put under the control of the three-member election committee.
Its main grievance was that the order was passed without affording an opportunity of hearing.
The BCI Chairman has assured that the matter shall be settled amicably after hearing both factions of the State Bar Council.
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