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The Executive Committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association suspended Advocate Ashok Arora from the post of Secretary on May 8.
The Delhi High Court has issued notice in a suit by Advocate Ashok Arora challenging his removal from the post of Secretary, Supreme Court Bar Association. (Ashok Arora vs SCBA & Anr)
A single Judge Bench of Justice Mukta Gupta has issued summons to Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and Bar Council of India and directed them to file their written statement in three weeks.
Arora has prayed that the May 8 resolution of SCBA's Executive Council on his removal be quashed and set aside.
He has contended that his removal is void ab initio as it is ultra vires the Rules and Regulations of the Supreme Court Bar Association.
Arora has further sought a decree of permanent injunction against SCBA, restraining the Association and its office bearers from interfering in his functioning as the duly elected Secretary of the Association.
Earlier this year, Advocate Ashok Arora, who held the position of SCBA's Secretary had called for an Emergent General Meeting with the agenda point being to remove SCBA President Dushyant Dave from his position on account of Dave's allegedly using his post for "political agenda" activity.
On May 8, while Arora communicated to the members of the SCBA that the EGM was adjourned sine die and on the same day, the Executive Council of the SCBA resolved by majority to suspend Arora from the position of the Secretary with immediate effect.
Interestingly, the Bar Council of India (BCI) subsequently stayed the resolution passed by the Executive Committee (EC) of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) by which Advocate Ashok Arora was suspended from the post of Secretary.
In his suit before the Court, Arora has also prayed for a direction to implement the BCI Resolution.
Senior Advocate Rakesh Tiku with Advocates Arun Batta, Neha Kumari appeared for Arora.
Senior Advocates Rajiv Nayar, Arvind Nigam with Advocates Kartik Nayar, Rishi Agarwala represented SCBA.
Advocates Rajdipa Behura, Preet Pal Singh, Saurabh Sharma represented BCI.
The matter would be heard next on August 6.
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