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The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, at an emergent meeting of its general house on Wednesday unanimously appointed Jai Vir Yadav as its chairman, Karanjit Singh as vice-chairman and Harpreet Singh Garcha as honorary secretary. An apex body of advocates across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, the Bar Council had called the meeting, attended by all 25 members, to resolve the continuous logjam between two groups of the Council on certain issues.
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During the meeting, incumbent chairman Rajat Gautam, vice-chairman Parupkar Singh Ghuman and honorary secretary Pravesh Yadav stepped down from their posts and submitted their resignations to the general house which were accepted.
When contacted, Gautam said, “In order to resolve all the ongoing issues amicably, the Bar Council today unanimously appointed new office bearers. Now all the complaints filed before the Bar Council of India or petitions filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court would be withdrawn in larger interest.”
At the same time, Bar Council member of the opposite group and Additional Advocate General of Punjab, Lekh Raj Sharma, said, “Since the High Court had also asked the Bar Council members to amicably resolve all the issues, all the 25 members today appointed new office bearers in an unanimous decision.”
Earlier on September 9, the Bar Council of India(BCI) had restrained the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana from convening any such meeting for consideration of any agenda relating to “No Confidence Motion” against any of its office bearers without permission from the BCI. The directions were issued by BCI on a petition filed by Pravesh Yadav, then honorary secretary, challenging the “so-called resolution” dated August 31 removing him from the post.
BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra in his order had said, “What I find from various records that for the last 4-5 years, the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana has become a den of unnecessary controversies and disputes. It was on the intervention of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana as well as of this Council that long after the general elections of the State Bar Council, the matter with regard to the election of the office bearers could be settled last year.” The order further reads, “Now, it appears that again 1 or 2 members have changed the side for obvious reasons, dirty politics and groupism. Suddenly, 15 members have assembled somewhere and have taken an ex-parte decision to remove the petitioner (Honorary Secretary).”