Order reserved on plea for removal of 425 lawyers from SHCBA voter list – Pakistan

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday reserved its order on a lawsuit filed in opposition to the alleged addition of 425 lawyers, stated to be working towards in different cities, as eligible voters for the upcoming elections of the Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA).

After listening to arguments from each side, a single-decide bench headed by Justice Mahmood A. Khan reserved the order.

Monday’s proceedings had been marred by pandemonium as just a few lawyers representing the defendants’ aspect reportedly expressed no-confidence within the bench. A big quantity of lawyers had been current in and outdoors the courtroom in the course of the proceedings.

Later, they held a protest, chanted slogans and approached the courtroom of the performing Chief Justice of SHC.

Advocate Neel Keshav filed a lawsuit and argued that the annual elections of the SHCBA was scheduled to be held on Nov 25 and a list of eligible voters had been made public after a deliberate delay in addition to in violation of the desired timeframe and required moral observe and transparency.

The plaintiff additionally contended that 425 lawyers, working towards in different districts/cities, had been proven as eligible members of the SHCBA and entitled to vote.

He said that objections had been filed with the election commissioner for “securitising and modification of the voter list”, however with none constructive response.

The plaintiff argued that an try had been made to violate the transparency of the upcoming elections of SHCBA and pleaded for removal of the 425 lawyers from voter list.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the chief committee of the Sindh Bar Council, Advocate Naeem Qureshi, and different representatives of lawyers instructed a common physique assembly of the SHCBA {that a} lawyer may observe throughout the nation, however solely vote on the place the place his/her workplace is situated.

Published in Dawn, November twenty first, 2023

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