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Bombay HC to go wireless as Maha-Goa Bar Council newcomers bag top roles

Bombay High Court
Bombay High Court

After more than two months the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa has agreed on its committee make-ups including the positions of chairman and Bar Council of India (BCI) delegate, as youngest member Karan Bhosale is proposing to radically increase computerisation through a new IT committee, roll-out wireless internet to the Bombay High Court and hike the welfare fund pay-outs.

Election results were announced in May after months of counting, and now following long negotiations between members Nashik advocate Jayant Jaibhave was appointed by bar council resolution on 18 July as the first chairman.

It is understood that the holder of the chairman position has been agreed to rotate every six months.

Satish Deshmukh from Yavatmal was elected to be the BCI delegate from Maharashtra & Goa, while Nitin Chaudhary from Dhule has been elected into the vice-chairmanship role.

A majority of the new bar council are first-timers on the body, which resulted in new members holding many of the influential roles on the bar council.

The Maharashtra & Goa Bar Council's youngest-ever member Karan Bhosale meanwhile was appointed into roles on the enrolment committee of three members and the "Maharashtra advocates welfare fund" committee.

Karan Bhosale told Legally India that he had major plans for overhauling the role and importance of the Bar Council, particularly in the areas of the welfare fund and IT infrastructure.

Well, fair

"We are shooting across letters to all the bar councils around the country by the end of this week to invite from them how they have structured their advocates welfare funds," Bhosale said two weeks ago.

"We are in the process of revamping [our welfare fund]. After a span of 30 years every member [currently] gets 30,000 rupees - we want to revamp it to [Rs] 3 lakh or considering to [Rs] 5 lakh."

At the moment the welfare fund, which acts as a quasi-retirement payment for advocates, is funded through a stamp duty of Rs 2 that is attached to every vakalat filed with the court by members of the welfare fund.

Bhosale said that the bar council was considering increasing this amount and making it compulsory for all Maharashtra & Goa advocates to be members of and to contribute to the welfare fund, as well as receive its benefits. The precise financial requirements were currently being investigated, explained Bhosale.


He added that he had also started an IT committee of the state bar council that would modernise the technology infrastructure available to lawyers.

"The basic spirit of the IT committee is to act like a window between the bar council and members," Bhosale said.

"The IT committee also would endeavour to provide WiFi [wireless internet access] at the Bombay High Court both on the appellate and original side and also plug points for usage of laptops," he said. "We will also enter into contracts with different [hardware companies] to try and subsidise the laptops, to make bulk purchase and give them at subsidised rate to lawyers."

In addition, he proposed that the entire enrolment process would become computerised where enrolling advocates could complete a majority of the procedural work and pay enrolment fees online, in order to reduce the difficulty experienced by lawyers from rural regions who have to travel to Mumbai to enrol with the bar council.

Additionally the IT committee would look to create an electronic database of all lawyers in Maharashtra & Goa, along with their specialisations and contact details, he said, as well as launch a project to form a digital archive of old and disintegrating legal books kept in the High Court and other libraries. "They are a real treasure of the legal world for the lawyers – we are going to digitalise all those books and put them upon the internet."

The plans would be funded from existing funds but should ultimately be self-sustaining through moderate fees charged to advocates for using the services, said Bhosale.

Commitee memberships Maharashtra & Goa bar council July 2010

Committee appointment
Aniruddha Krishnarao Choube Nagpur Rules Committee, Advocates Aid fund
Milind Shivshankar Thobde Solapur
Vasant Digamberrao Salunke Aurangabad Rules Committee
Harshad Vasantrao Nimbalkar Pune Executive Committee, Rules Committee
Anil Chandrabali Singh  Mumbai Executive Committee, Employees Provident Fund and Staff Welfare Fund
Uday Prakash Warunjikar  Mumbai Bills Committee
Sureshchandra Ramrao Bhosale  Mumbai Bills Committee
Avinash Bhaskarrao Avhad  Pune Enrolment Committee
Pramod Pandurang Patil  Thane Finance and Accounts Committee, Employees Provident Fund and Staff Welfare Fund
Ashish Panjabrao Deshmukh  Yavatmal BCI delegate, Finance and Accounts Committee, Advocates Aid fund
Shivajirao Bhausaheb Chavan  Kolhapur
Karan Dilip Bhosale  Mumbai Enrolment Committee, Welfare Fund
Vitthal Bhaurao Kondedeshmukh  Mumbai Executive Committee, Advocates Aid fund
Babusingh Kartarsingh Gandhi  Akola Rules Committee, Bills Committee
Balwant Harishchandra Jadhav  Latur
Vipinkumar Leeladhar Bendale  Jalgaon Finance and Accounts Committee, Bills Committee
Satish Abarao Deshmukh  Hingoli
Ahmedkhan Usmankhan Pathan  Pune
Avinash Janardan Bhide  Nashik  Executive Committee
Jayant Dattatray Jaibhave  Nashik First chairman, Rules Committee, Bills Committee
Motisingh Ghanshyamdas Mohta  Akola  Executive Committee
Ashok Vitthal Patil  Ahmednagar Employees Provident Fund and Staff Welfare Fund
Anil Mahadeorao Gowardipe  Nagpur  Enrolment Committee
Asif Shaukat Qureshi  Nagpur Finance and Accounts Committee, Welfare Fund
Nitin Laxman Chaudhari  Dhule Vice-chairman, Finance and Accounts Committee

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