J&K shall have first elected Bar Council in 30 years SC grants four weeks to BCI to submit rules approved by J&K HC

Division Bench of Supreme Court of India comprising JJ Mr. Justice T.S. Thakur and Mr. Justice N.V. Ramana today granted for weeks to Bar Council of India to examine and submit the final report on the rules for J&K Bar Council which have been framed by the full bench of J&K High Court under the direction of Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court directed the Bar Council of India to file its affidavit with approval note so that the rules to hold election to the Bar Council of J&K may be held for the first time ever since Advocates Act, 1961 was framed by the Parliament of India.

The Supreme Court of India had directed the High Court of J&K to frame rules and consider to elect J&K Bar Council. This order was passed by the Supreme Court of India on a writ petition filed by Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate and the Founder of J&K National Panthers Party. Prof.Bhim Singh filed this writ petition in 2013 seeking intervention of the Supreme Court to get elected Bar Council in the state as the present Bar Council is chaired by the Chief Justice of J&K High Court with the judges of the High Court as its members since 1986 when the Advocates Act, 1961 was extended to the State of J&K. Prof.Bhim Singh has described this as undemocratic amounting to massacre the democratic and fundamental rights of the lawyers’ fraternity. He said both the Govt. of J&K and the High Court were responsible for this sad situation.

Mr. Justice Tirath Singh, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court told Prof.Bhim Singh that we should wait for another four weeks when we had waited for 30 years.

The Bar Council of India in its affidavit had supported the PIL (writ petition) of Prof.Bhim Singh and filed an impressive affidavit urging Supreme Court of India to constitute J&K Bar Council in accordance with the spirit of law laid down in the Advocates Act, 1961.

Prof.Bhim Singh expressed satisfaction that one of the causes he has been fighting for stands accomplished when lawyers’ fraternity in J&K starts sharing the fruits of Advocates Act for the first time in the history.

Prof.Bhim Singh those assisted by Mr. Satish Vig, Mr. B.S. Billowria, Mr. Vijay Pratap Singh, Mrs. Ritu Puri and others.

Sd/-Sudesh Dogra, Political Secretary