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Delhi bar council

02 May 2019

The Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) has issued notice to the Big Four accounting firms in a complaint filed by Society of Indian Law Firms (Silf) president Lalit Bhasin (read order below).

12 April 2018

The 25 winners of the Delhi bar council election have been announced, with an unprecedented two law firm lawyers making the cut.

23 January 2018

15 state bar councils (SBCs) will go to polls between 15 March and 28 March, starting with Jharkhand and ending with eight other SBCs, according to the election schedule announced yesterday by the Bar Council of India (BCI), as reported by Live Law and by the Times of India.

21 July 2016

"The Central Information Commission has directed the Bar Council of Delhi to proactively make public the cases of professional misconduct, both proved and not proved, against advocates at regular intervals or as and when the decision was taken,”.

16 July 2015

Target lockThe Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) will complain to the Bar Council of Delhi in the coming week against PDS Legal, Advaita Legal and other Indian law firms that are best friends with accountancy firms, as a follow-up to its recent complaints in the council against the Big Four consultancies E&Y, KPMG, PwC and Deloitte for their alleged unauthorized practice of law.

06 March 2015

The Delhi bar council will take suo motu action against advocates ML Sharma and AP Singh, who made controversial comments in a documentary about the December 2012 Delhi rapists.

08 July 2014

Vijay SondhiThe Delhi Bar Council (DBC) will elect a new chairman and vice chairman on 30 July, as RS Chauhan – the chairman elected in January – resigned on 28 June, on the brink of a no confidence motion being passed against him by 16 DBC members.

02 July 2014

Delhi bar council game of thronesThe battle for Delhi Bar Council executive posts between chairman RS Chauhan and former vice chairman and currently disputed secretary Vijay Sondhi, has entered a new stage.

03 June 2014

d0zl0msdThe Bar Council of Delhi’s (BCD) chairman RS Chauhan accused Luthra & Luthra litigation partner and former BCD vice chairman Vijay Sondhi of trying to obstruct the BCD from initiating disciplinary proceedings against Luthra, which Sondhi denied in a 2 June letter to Chauhan as “frivolous, bald and baseless”.

23 May 2014

The Central Information Commission (CIC) fined the Bar Council of Delhi’s (DBC) secretary Murari Tiwari Rs 25,000 for not complying with its order and for failing to appear before it, reported the PTI.

The CIC found Tiwari “fully responsible” for not furnishing information sought in a Right to Information (RTI) request seeking the total number of cases filed and disposed of against advocates for professional misconduct. The RTI applicant Arun Kumar Aggarwal had filed a complaint before the CIC.

The CIC fined Tiwari for failing “to respond to its repetitive summon orders and for causing delay and obstruction for more than 10 months, without any reasonable cause”. It directed DBC chairman RS Chauhan to recover the penalty amount by deducting Rs 5,000 from Tiwari’s salary for five months.

The CIC also added that “the CPIO appointed is not an officer but a supervisor, who is not competent to take independent decisions while dealing with RTI applications” and asked the DBC chairman “to reconsider the appointment of CPIO in line with other such councils including Bar Council of India”.

Tiwari today disputed Luthra & Luthra litigation partner Vijay Sondhi’s 13 May appointment to the post of secretary at the DBC, as reported by Legally India.

23 May 2014

The DBC’s secretary Murari Tiwari, whom former DBC vice chairman Vijay Sondhi had allegedly replaced on 13 May, today alleged that Sondhi’s claim was false, and that he is still continuing as secretary.

21 January 2014

NLU Nagpur almost done: The National Law University Nagpur cleared another hurdle with the Maharashtra government taking the ordinance route to set it up and the cabinet approving the ordinance. Once the draft of the ordinance is sent to the governor for promulgation, the way would be clear to appoint a vice chancellor and other statutory officers for the university [TOI]

Bar council may suspend Delhi law min: The Bar Council of Delhi yesterday issued a notice to Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti asking him to show cause on 7 February, why his name should not be removed from advocate rolls for allegedly tampering with evidence while representing a client before a CBI special court in August [PTI]

ML Sharma vs Kejriwal: The Supreme Court has admitted advocate ML Sharma’s petition against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and law minister Somnath Bharti for “creating chaos in the heart of the capital by going on in an unprecedented 10-day sit-in protest” [India Today]

MHAA strikes some more: The Madras High Court Advocates Association continues working on the demand for recall of the list of judgeship recommendations at the HC, by shunning work yet again – courts were boycotted again today and additionally a “day long hunger strike” from 10am to 4pm was launched. The MHAA also resolved to urge dropping of the ten-year old Supreme Court contempt proceedings against Tamil Nadu Advocates Association president S Prabhakaran [New Indian Express]

Kejri for president’s rule? Former Delhi high court judge RS Sodhi said he sees AAP leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s protest as a face-saving tactic to bring about president’s rule and quit from his post as a “gullible martyr” as the party has realised it is beyond its power to govern the city [Telegraph India]

Delhi HC CAG audit order appealed: The Association of Uniform Telecom Service Providers of India has moved the Supreme Court against the Delhi high court verdict allowing the Comptroller and Auditor General the power to audit their accounts [The Hindu Businessline]

08 January 2014

Ram Singh ChauhanDelhi high court advocate Ram Singh Chauhan was elected today by the Delhi bar council members unanimously after previous chairman Surya Prakash Khatri stepped down.

30 September 2013

The Delhi bar council complaint against the December 16 rape convicts’ lawyer AP Singh was transferred to the BCI, which on Saturday issued a show-cause notice to Singh, reported the Hindu.

Singh had made sexist remarks to the media outside the Saket trial court that had convicted his clients, claiming that he would burn his daughter alive were she to be found having premarital sex or going out at night with a boyfriend. He later claimed that he was provoked into his remarks.

The BCI is examining whether his comments can attract the charge of “professional misconduct” under Section 35 of the Advocates Act.

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