No jurisdiction of State Bar Council to issue binding directions on Bar Associations to grant membership: All. HC

The Allahabad High Court (All. HC), dismissing a writ petition filed for issue of mandamus directing Kanpur Bar Association to comply with order passed by the State Bar Council’s (SBC) Vice-Chairman for addition of petitioners’ names to the Association’s electoral list, has held that there is no statutory duty casted on SBC to issue any direction to an independent Bar Association to revive/renew the registration or membership to any individual. Further, the All. HC noted that powers vested with SBC are w.r.t. protecting the interests, rights & privileges of advocates, as a body of individuals; & not individual interests.