SC stays bar resolution to suspend 3

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) resolution which among other things had expelled three advocates P P Rao, K K Venugopal and Ranjit Kumar from its primary membership.

A bench of justices Altamas Kabir and J Chalameshwar stayed the resolution after counsel P P Rao and others raised the issue before the court. The apex court said it would examine the whole issue on Friday.

On Thursday, SCBA had announced its resolve not to implement the apex court's ruling that only regular members of the Association can vote in its elections.

The Association also announced its president P H Parekh had resigned on January 16 and the resignation was accepted.

In a statement, Secretary of the Association K C Kaushik had claimed advocates P P Rao, K K Venugopal and Ranjit Kumar had been expelled from primary membership of SCBA.

The three were part of the "implementation committee" appointed earlier by SCBA for implementing the apex court’s September 26, 2001, judgement on the voting row.

By that judgment, the apex court had upheld the rule that only regular members of SCBA can vote in the Association's elections and not other bar members.

A bench of justices J M Panchal (since retired) and H L Gokhale, while upholding Rule 18 of SCBA which stipulated that only SCBA members can vote in the elections to the body, directed the setting up of an implementation committee of three advocates to oversee the membership row.

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