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Awadh Bar Association elections: Allahabad High Court directs Returning Officer to file a report

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Lucknow Aug 17(ILNS): The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on Monday took suo moto cognizance of the unruly behavior of the Advocates during Awadh Bar Association Election on August 14.

The Division Bench comprising of Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh said that “we are very pained to know that election of Awadh Bar Association scheduled to be held on August 14, 2021, in the premises of High Court, was canceled due to unruly, indecent and undemocratic behavior and breach of protocol by some of the lawyers, who also indulged in unlawful activities”.

The Court remarked we have been informed that the candidates along with their supporters, entered into the voting arena and indulged in tearing ballot papers and in pushing female lawyers, and misbehaving with them. Even one lawyer was seriously injured in the melee and his hand got fractured in the incident. One lawyer suffered a heart attack. It is really shocking to hear such an incident happening in the premises of the High Court during its Bar election.

The Bench said that we take cognizance of this unruly behaviour of the Advocates during the election process and, as such, call upon Returning Officer, V.K. Shahi to submit his report in this regard. In the report, he may submit video clipping(s) and photograph(s) as well as evidence and material collected which led to the cancellation of the election on August 14, 2021.

Ashok Nigam, Chairman Elders’ Committee appeared before the Court. He has given certain suggestions for the elections to be held in the future.

“Ashok Nigam, Chairman, Elders’ Committee is requested to give his suggestion(s) in writing by tomorrow. If any member of the Bar Association has any suggestion, he may give it in writing to the Chairman, Elders’ Committee, who may consider it and, if feels proper, may incorporate it in his suggestions”, the Court ordered.

“We also hereby call upon the Senior Registrar of this Court to submit his report with respect to security and unlawful activities, which had taken place inside the premises of the High Court during the said election.

The Senior Registrar shall allow the Returning Officer to take relevant materials from the room which has been sealed and given under custody of CRPF. The report of the Returning Officer shall be submitted by tomorrow”, the order said.

The Court has fixed the next hearing for the petition on August 18, 2021./ILNS/AP/SNG

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