STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Supreme Court stays Madras High Court order on bar council polls in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry 

The HC had earlier quashed a BCI order laying down several conditions, including 10 years of continuous practice, for contesting these polls, three days after another bench had stayed the order.

Published: 22nd February 2018 09:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2018 09:28 PM   |  A+A-

Supreme Court (File | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has stayed the Madras High Court order by which it had issued a slew of directions to ensure "free and fair election" to the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry scheduled on March 28.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also stayed further proceedings in the matter before the high court but said the candidates must disclose their criminal antecedents.

"There shall be stay of the operation of the impugned order (of the high court).There shall also be stay of further proceedings pending before the High Court. However, any candidate who is contesting, shall disclose the criminal antecedents in the form that is going to be filled up," the bench said.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had on February 16 quashed a Bar Council of India order deferring its approval to a resolution passed by the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (BCTP), laying down several conditions, including 10 years of continuous practice, for contesting these polls, three days after another bench had stayed the order.

Only members with wide exposure to various laws and sufficient years of standing in the Bar can discharge vital functions of the bar councils, the high court had said.

It had passed orders on pleas filed by some advocates before the Madurai Bench challenging the BCI order, deferring a resolution passed by the BCTP amending certain provisions for contesting the polls.

According to the petitioners, the BCI without approving the amended rules passed by the BCTP simply deferred the matter without taking a decision.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp