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Kirti Uppal credits young lawyers for DHCBA election win • to focus on demonetisation woes first

The DHCBA, under Uppal’s presidency, will be another body focussing on reducing demonitisation woes

Uppal: The 'big brother' of struggling youngsters at bar
Uppal: The 'big brother' of struggling youngsters at bar

Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) president Kirti Uppal, who defeated incumbent president Rajiv Khosla in this year’s DHCBA polls by almost 300 votes, said his vote bank was comprised mostly of first generation lawyers with a practicing experience of five to seven years.

Senior advocate Uppal commented: “The youngsters between 5-7 years of [practice] experience identify me as their big brother because I was a first generation lawyer. So I identify with their problems and tell them they will have to face hardship as there is nothing such as a shortcut. It's affection [which is the factor behind my win]. I may not have earned tons of money but I have earned love and affection.”

Uppal said that the DHCBA executive members met today to chalk out a blueprint of issues of the bar which they need to work on.

“We just discussed them today – the immediate problems which the bar is facing. There are two kinds of problems – one is the daily problem such as the demonetisation problem, standing in queues, toilets and parking, the registry and so on. The immediate ones we are taking care of right now. Other problems which were there, we have made a list of them and will follow it up,” he said adding that the association will have a clearer picture of the work before it in about one week’s time.

“We have a team now. Earlier it used to be: ‘I have done this’. The ‘I’ has been replaced by ‘we’. I am fortunate enough to have ‘we’ instead of ‘I’,” he remarked.

Outgoing president Khosla, who had won the post of president of the DHCBA in 2014 by more than 1100 votes, had pushed for judicial transparency, free parking for Delhi high court advocates and had opposed compulsory electronic filing in the Delhi high court, as part of his term agenda.

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