The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana has rescheduled the Mohali District Bar Association elections for May 7. The elections were cancelled on April 24 due to disruption caused by an altercation between the two rival groups.
Bar Council chairman Rajiv Gupta has appointed two new observers to oversee the elections under direct supervision of Bar Council secretary Karanjit Singh. Gupta also stated that the licence of any advocate indulging in disruption will be cancelled as it amounts to ‘professional misconduct’.
Gupta held that polling will be held between 9 am to 4 pm, while votes will be counted at 5 pm and results be declared after that. As per the election committee’s record, the bar association had received 484 affidavits of which eight were rejected.
Welcoming the decision, Toor, a supporter of H S Diwana said, “Last time, the opposition staged a drama even though everything was being done legitimately.” Another supporter of Diwana, H S Hundal said, “If their group had to raise objections, they could have done it when the affidavits were finalised. We welcome the decision to hold polls next week.”
Meanwhile, Diwana’s rival Manjit Singh Chouhan, running for the president’s post said, “This is an unfair move by the Bar Council.
Representatives of all groups should have been called and a fresh list prepared. Why are advocates from Moga, Ludhiana and other cities, who do not even practice law, coming here to vote? They are bogus voters. We will oppose elections again.”