SCBA Calls Off General Body Meeting To Consider Resolution Against Senior Advocates Kapil Sibal & Neeraj Kaul
The Executive Committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association has cancelled the general body meeting that was scheduled for March 16 to consider resolutions against Senior Advocates Kapil Sibal and Neeraj Kaul.
The proposed resolutions called for an explanation from Kapil Sibal and Neeraj Kaul for apologizing to the Apex Court after a heated exchange of words took place between the CJI and SCBA president Vikas Singh on allotment of land at Appu Ghar for lawyers' chambers.
In a letter by SCBA President Vikas Singh dated March 15, it was stated that the SCBA had received an email from Senior Advocates with some other names seeking withdrawal of proposed resolutions.
The SCBA President also said that another letter was received by him from Former Attorney General for India KK Venugopal requesting withdrawal of the proposed resolutions in order to avoid creation of factions in the Bar.
“The Executive Committee of SCBA keeping in view the letter of Shri KK Venugopal addressed to the undersigned and in the larger interest of the bar, has authorized the undersigned to write a letter to the Bar regarding the decision of the executive committee to recall the Notice for the General Body Meeting. The Executive Committee of SCBA, however, expects that any member of the bar may refrain from making any statement contrary to the larger interest of Bar, diluting the stand taken by the elected representatives of the Bar i.e., the Executive Committee of SCBA”, the letter by the SCBA President read.
The SCBA President also noted that the CJI had constituted a special bench to hear the plea by SCBA on March 17 pertaining to the allocation of land for lawyer’s chamber.
“The Hon’ble Chief Justice of India has acceded to the request made by the undersigned alongwith the Executive Committee on 2nd March 2023 and has constituted a Special Bench comprising Hon’ble the Chief Justice of India, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice PS Narasimha to hear the Writ Petition filed by SCBA pertaining to the allocation of land for construction of lawyer’s chamber on 17th March 2023 as item 301 at 10:30 am. In view thereof, Resolution A stands fulfilled and thus the Executive Committee of SCBA has decided to call-off the Special General Body Meeting which was to be held on Thursday…”, the letter read.
The letter by SCBA stated that the executive committee doesn’t have any personal agenda against anyone and is only concerned with the stand of the Bar not being diluted before the Judges.