The general body of bar council of India has however upheld the appointment of advocate M C Berry as returning officer for the elections scheduled to be held on December 21 and 22.
The general house of the Bar Council of India has ordered that the process for the election of 25 members of the Bar Council of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh would continue. The returning officer would receive the objections on electoral rolls but would not notify the final voter list till the outcome of petition before the Bar council of India.
Of total 25 elected members of Bar Council of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, 13 had submitted a representation that a bar council meeting on January 22 had resolved to prepare photo electoral rolls within six months. Further, names of some advocates who had died continued to be mentioned in electoral rolls. Anmol Rattan Sidhu along with 12 other Bar Council members had also challenged the proceedings of the meeting of the bar council, held on July 8, in which M C Berry was appointed as returning officer to hold the elections.
Subsequently, the Bar Council of India had passed orders, deferring the election for six months and ordered preparation of photo electoral rolls. This order was challenged by other group of bar council of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh by filing a review petition.
The next hearing has been fixed for September 23. All the 25 members of the bar council of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have been asked to attend the hearing.
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