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2 law firm partners win seats on Delhi bar council: Luthra’s Vijay Sondhi, Singh & Associates’ Manoj Kumar Singh

25 new Delhi bar council members
25 new Delhi bar council members

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

Luthra & Luthra senior partner Vijay Sondhi was re-elected (after first having won in 2009), with Singh & Associates founding partner Manoj Kumar Singh also having made it into the top 25.

Law firm lawyers have traditionally been under-represented on bar councils. Hitesh Jain, then ALMT Legal partner (now at Juris Corp), had unsuccessfully run for the Maharashtra bar council in 2010, for instance.

Several other regulars from Delhi bar politics are also represented on the DBC, such as Rajiv Khosla and KK Manan (full list in picture above).

The Delhi bar council should have normally held its elections in December 2014.

However, elections in Delhi’s as well as 10 other state bar councils had been years overdue, due to the excuse of the ill-fated lawyer verification drive started by the Bar Council of India (BCI), which had been slammed by the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Sondhi has also released the following in a press release, following his re-election:

Vijay K. Sondhi, Sr. Partner at Luthra & Luthra scored a decisive victory in his bid to secure a seat as Member at the Delhi Bar Council elections. Mr. Sondhi handily defeated a smattering number of several candidates to win a seat among 25 Members of the Bar Council. With more than 60 percent of the lawyers voting precincts of the capital reporting, Mr. Sondhi, has won with support of seasoned senior counsels along with popular votes of the young and seemingly propitious lawyers.

Mr. Sondhi has been a vocal critic of the depleting opportunities for budding lawyers in the country and has been instrumental in guiding, counselling and creating internship opportunities for innumerable law graduates in India and abroad. His vision for this term as Member at the Bar Council is primarily to maneuver the rusted system towards transparent and responsible governance and to create a pool of specialized transnational lawyers. Luthra & Luthra, a tier 1 law firm in India endorses Mr. Sondhi, Sr, Partner and extends all support in his endeavour to uplift the stature of our legal profession. It is certain that Mr. Sondhi will proffer true representation at the Bar Council and will furnish a progressive mechanism for creating equal opportunities.

The incumbent lawyer holds a vast experience in the practice of law and is a pioneer in civil and criminal litigation for both domestic and international jurisdictions. His multifaceted practice has aided his appearance before various judicial and quasi judicial forums. Needless to say, Mr. Sondhi regularly appears before the Supreme Court of India to represent several multinational companies and corporate honchos such as Aircel Maxis, Arcelor Mittal, Reebok, Samsung Corporation, Toyota Kirloskar Board Members along with being a lead counsel in the Common- Wealth Games scam and an arbitration expert representing Hero Finance Corp limited, Moser Baer and Sony (former broadcasters of the Indian Premium League). He is also associated with LIFE Foundation, a Society which endeavors to uphold and obtain due recognition of the rights and privileges of society through Public Interest Litigation; seeking the help of the judiciary as and when the executive fails to protect such rights and privileges.

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