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Bar Council of India has restrained Hari Shankar Singh from discharging functions as the Chairman of Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh with immediate effect.
While staying the operation of all orders passed by Singh after March 14 , BCI has also directed him to explain as to how, without getting authority from the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh, an "illegal order" was passed by him to reinstate Ram Jeet Singh on March 15.
Ram Jeet Singh was suspended from the post of Secretary of Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh on grounds of misconduct. Pursuant to an enquiry report submitted by a former High Court Judge, Singh was found to have misappropriated approximately Rs 72 lakh.
In his place, Vice-Chairman of Bar Council of India, Devendra Mishra Nagraha will take charge of the office of Chairman, as per the BCI order.
The order was passed by BCI after it received several complaints from the members of Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh. Such complaints alleged that misappropriation of money, abuse of power and misconduct on part of Hari Shankar Singh.
The members sought immediate intervention by BCI to restrain Hari Shankar Singh from further maneuvering and manipulating things. It was apprehended that documents might be tampered with, if not restrianed immediately.
The Bar Council of India has sought explanation from Hari Shankar Singh for the alleged acts of misconduct within a period of ten days.
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