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Solicitor General and unelected member becomes BCI chairman

Solicitor general of India and ex-officio Bar Council of India (BCI) member Gopal Subramanium was unanimously elected to serve as the BCI chairman for two years, following Suraj Narain Prasad Sinha in the position.

The vote was held during a meeting yesterday (11 April) attended by a majority of members.

Tamil Nadu Bar Council representative R Dhanapal Raj was also elected vice-chairman. Members Milan Kumar Dey and Brij Mohan Vinayak have been elected chairman and vice chairman of the executive committee of the BCI respectively.

Each of the terms in the positions run for two years.

It is understood that for the first time a solicitor general has been elected to the chair of BCI.   

Gopal Subramanium was appointed solicitor general by the Union Government on 15 June 2009

The Bar Council of India is a statutory body that regulates all Indian practising lawyers, as well as legal education of 740 law colleges and various national law universities.

It was conceived to formulate rules of conduct and professional standards for advocates emanating from the Advocates Act, 1961.

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