Tamil Nadu Bar Council Elections – Council seats up for sale for Rs. 19 lakh

January 25, 2011 Will the Tamil Nadu Bar Council elections be a democratic exercise? The elections are scheduled to take place on March 4, 2011 and candidates are actively campaigning to secure seats on the 25 member statutory body.

The Madras High Court has appointed a former judge, Justice K.P. Sivasubramaniam to supervise the poll process and conduct the elections in a fair manner. News reports suggest that advocates in Chennai standing for the Bar Council elections are promising canteens and air-conditioning facilities to [associations] for a fixed-seat. In an order last week, the High Court banned printing of posters, banners, festoons, etc., however, matters relating to auction and poll expenditure were not raised and thus were not covered in the order.

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