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A few days after 75 lawyers were designated as Senior Advocates, a petition has been filed before the Allahabad High Court challenging the same.
The plea by the Advocate Vishnu Bihari Tiwari has alleged that the selection norms put in place by the Supreme Court were ignored in the process adopted by the High Court.
The petitioner had approached a Division Bench of Justice Shashi Kant Gupta and Pankaj Bhatia for early hearing. The same was rejected by the Bench, which stated that the petition would get listed as per Court rules.
The matter is likely to be heard on May 23.
The main grievance is non-compliance with the guidelines in Supreme Court’s judgment in Indira Jaising v. Union of India.
It is also understood that one of the members of the scrutiny committee (a Senior Advocate) had sent a note that guidelines have not been followed while screening applications and making the shortlist.
On May 18, the Allahabad High Court conferred the Senior gown on 75 advocates.
The petition in the Allahabad High Court follows similar challenges made with respect to Senior designations made by the Karnataka High Court, the Delhi High Court and the Calcutta High Court. The Calcutta High Court had even directed amendments to the guidelines notified in July 2018. The Delhi High Court recently scrapped the rule regarding joint proposal by Senior Advocates as a prerequisite for applying for the Senior gown.
Another petition is also pending in the Supreme Court. Filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, the plea challenges the Senior Designation guidelines notified by twenty-four high courts across the country.