The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday set May 7 as the deadline for Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association to conduct polls for the new lawyers’ body for 2015-16. A single judge bench, while vacating the stay imposed on April 9, directed that names of nearly 800 lawyers, whose names were included in the voters’ list between May 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 and were granted waiver either in entrance fee or subscription, be deleted.
The exercise should be completed by April 27, and voters’ list be displayed on a notice board and objections if any, be invited, the HC said. The poll panel has been directed to conduct polls by May 8 and matter posted for further hearing for July 8. The HC order came on a plea by presidential candidate Ranjan Lakhanpal, who had said every year hundreds of bogus votes of advocates were made to gain ‘unfair’ advantage in the Bar poll. He had sought directions that the electoral list be prepared under the pattern followed by the Supreme Court Bar Association. As per that, enrolled and practising HC advocates with at least five appearances should be granted the voting right.
Another HC bench has directed the District Bar Associations of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana to conduct their association body poll within a month. Petitioner and counsel in the case Harjot Singh Harikay said in the plea, decision of local Bar council of extending tenure of these associations up to December 2015 was challenged. Petitioners had sought court intervention to conduct polls in case of local court Bar bodies, wherein the term had got completed in April 2015.