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The Bar Council of India (BCI) has issued new rules meant to curb corrupt practices in the process of Bar Association elections. The new Rules have been added as part of Chapter IIA, Part VI of the BCI Rules.
They were approved by the BCI General Council in a meeting held in April this year. A notifiction was issued yesterday by the BCI to State Bar Councils so that the new rules may be circulated among Bar Associations across the country for strict adherence.
The first part of the new rules defines various corrupt practices that are now expressly prohibited during the process of Bar elections. The list of such corrupt practices include the following.
The second part of the newly introduced rules lays down that the commission of any of the above corrupt practises would amount to professional misconduct.
Electoral candidates found indulging in these practices are liable to have their nomination cancelled upon the satisfaction of the Returning Officer, it is further provided.
[Read the new BCI Bar Election Rules below]