Owing to internal politics and bickering,advocate Lekh Raj Sharma,chairman of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana,put in his papers on Monday.
Sharma said he was constrained to step down from the post to dispel the wrong impression given by some members of the Bar Council against him.
Elaborating,Sharma said that after the Bar Council of India ordered stay on elections to the Bar Council,slated to take place on December 21,some members of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana were trying to give this impression that it was Sharma who had benefited.
As many as 13 members of the Bar Council had moved the BCI against non-preparation of the electorate roll of the advocates. Some of the members who had petitioned the BCI included senior lawyer Anmol Rattan Sidhu,Rajdeep Singh Tacoria,Navtej Singh Toor,B M Vinayak and Minderjit Singh Yadav.
In his three-page resignation,given to Amrik Singh Kalra,Honrary Secretary of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Sharma said the 13 members obtained stay by concealing material facts and truth. He claimed that the facts reported to the BCI were factually incorrect.
Sharma stated,At this stage,an impression is given that I am interested in continuing as chairman at the cost of the future of more than 70,000 advocates which is absolutely incorrect whereas I am doing my best for conducting election as per schedule.
He requested the members who had approached the BCI to withdraw their application so that elections to several posts of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana could be held on December 21. The elections were to take place in December as the term of members of Bar Council was to expire after five years.
However,with the BCI ordering stay,the fate of elections hang in the balance.
When contacted,senior lawyer Anmol Rattan Singh Sidhu denied all the accusations. Lekh Raj was a competent chairman. In the interest of lawyers,it would have been better if he had stayed till the elections.