In Vadodara The Baroda Bar Association called The Extraordinary General Meeting which turned out to be stormy as expected. The motive of this meeting is to introduce changes in the association’s constitution and pass them.
A lawyer named Harshad Parmar had, however, appealed to the Bar Council of Gujarat (BCG) against the meeting stating that they cannot take any policy decision now as the current office-bearers’ got an extension in their terms owing to the pandemic.
The chairman of BCG had stayed the meeting and asked the BBA to respond by October 3. BBA’s president Hasmukh Bhatt shot off a letter to the BCG chairman calling his order illegal. Bhatt’s letter stated that BBA is an autonomous and independent body and it cannot be governed by BCG.
The meeting, which took place as planned at the advocate house in the district court campus, saw fireworks from the beginning as soon as the new constitution was introduced. Several members of the lawyers’ body opposing the meeting tore copies of the constitution and the majority of the lawyers walked out. Bhatt said that the constitution was passed by the association.
“The meeting should not have taken place and the office-bearers should not have introduced the constitution,” Parmar said.