New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed a Madras High Court order approving the new bylaw of the Madras High Court Advocates Association for electing office-bearers and issuing certain directions.
A vacation Bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice C.K. Prasad stayed the order on a special leave petition filed by advocate R. Sudha challenging the High Court order dated April 16.
When senior counsel Ratnakar Dash, appearing for the petitioner, submitted that unreasonable rules had been framed for the elections and members were discriminated, Justice Singhvi observed: “The High Court Division Bench has virtually taken over the functioning of the advocates association for the last four years. How can you discriminate among the members [in contesting elections]. We will have to examine whether the High Court is justified in passing such orders.”
The Bench, while staying the order, issued notice to the four office-bearers of the MHAA returnable in six weeks seeking their response.