Financial irregularities: 3 ex-bar council chairmen under scanner

In its agenda circulated for its general meeting on November 8, BCPH had included 31 items for discussion, out of which nine were related to the alleged financial loss and misappropriation caused by the trio.

Written by Sanjeev Verma | Chandigarh | Published: November 11, 2015 3:13:30 am

Three former chairmen of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana (BCPH) — Minderjeet Yadav, Randhir Singh Badhran and Rakesh Gupta — have come under scanner of the Bar Council of India (BCI) for allegedly causing “huge financial losses” to the bar council.

In its agenda circulated for its general meeting on November 8, BCPH had included 31 items for discussion, out of which nine were related to the alleged financial loss and misappropriation caused by the trio. They approached the BCI seeking stay on the BCPH general meeting. The BCI said it was not appropriate to stay the meeting in which other items were also to be discussed, but refrained the BCPH from discussing and taking any decision on the nine items regarding allegations against the trio. The BCI has issued a notice to BCPH and summoned the entire record relating to the allegations of financial misappropriation.

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The BCPH agenda states Yadav during his eight months’ tenure as chairman, had shown “a bill of more than Rs 25 lakh to have been spent on entertainment, out of which sweets of Rs 10,000 approximately daily was shown to be purchased and the said expenditure is unexplained, unjustified, exaggerated.”

Badhran, as per the agenda, has been alleged of misusing the funds on organising various functions “for his own purposes and for petty politics using the platform of Bar Council and had spent more than Rs 50 lakh by misutilising the Bar Council funds.” Allegations against Gupta are that “on several occasions it was found that even after demitting his office as chairman, he continued to create false documents and used to issue antedate orders.”

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