For the first time in the history of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), its Executive Committee has been dissolved due to infighting between two groups, over alleged tampering with certain documents and running of the bar canteen.
In an emergency meeting attended by 17 members on January 19, the SCBA Executive Committee passed a resolution to dissolve itself and hand over its powers to a three-member interim board.
According to the resolution, a three-member interim board comprising former SCBA presidents K.K. Venugopal, P.P. Rao and P.H. Parekh “shall have all the powers of the Executive Committee till elections are held.”
The decision follows a series of allegations and counter-allegations between two groups of the SCBA over a number of issues, including taking new members.
“Due to infighting, we were left with no option but to dissolve the Executive Committee. I am anguished to say that it has happened for the first time in the history of the Supreme Court Bar Association,” SCBA’s outgoing president M.N. Krishnamani told HT.
“Dissolution was necessitated due to the infighting, leading to a stalemate. During heated exchanges between two groups, senior members would walk out, unable to tolerate the unruly behaviour of some members,” he said.
The resolution, passed after “serious discussions and after considering various options,” said, “The Secretary/Office shall hand over all records, minutes book and other papers to the newly appointed interim board.”
The interim board is entrusted with the task of holding SCBA elections “as early as possible,” preferably in March 2010. The resolution also authorised the interim board to “appoint a committee to hold elections for the SCBA and co-opt such other person or persons as its convenor etc. at its discretion, to carry out and discharge the functions of the Executive Committee.”
“We have called a meeting of the SCBA General Body on Monday at 3 pm to ratify the Executive Committee's decision appointing the interim board to hold elections by March 2010,” Venugopal told HT. He refused to comment on the state of affairs in SCBA.
Krishnamani said, “I have been associated with SCBA since 1990. Differences of opinion were always there. This time, though, several unanimous decisions of the Executive Committee were not implemented, leading to the stalemate.”