A Punjab and Haryana high court division bench, headed by justice Surya Kant, on Friday refused to entertain an appeal against a single-bench order of stay on the HC Bar association elections.
The single-bench order was not attached with the appeal. The high court dismissed it as withdrawn. The petitioners have been given the liberty to approach the court again.
The high court had on Thursday stayed the process of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association (PHHCBA) elections, slated for April 23.
April 9 was the last day to file nominations. The stay will be in effect till April 22, the next date of hearing in the case.
More than 8,000 lawyers from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, practising in the high court, were to vote in the elections.
The court decision came on a petition filed by a presidential candidate, Ranjan Lakhanpal, who had alleged “bogus votes” by the PHHCBA for the upcoming elections.
Lakhanpal had alleged that every year, hundreds of bogus votes of advocates were made to gain “undue and unfair” advantage in the Bar elections. He had given the example of enrolment of 97 advocates, done by the Bar recently, wherein the subscription was waived, and alleged that 300 such votes had been made.
He had sought directions that the electoral list be prepared on the pattern followed by the Supreme Court Bar Association. As per that, enrolled and practising advocates of the high court with at least five appearances should be granted voting right.