Bar Council of India (BCI), the apex body regulating legal practice and education in the country, has elected senior advocate Manan Kumar Mishra as its chairman.

“The Bar Council of India, at its meeting held on April 15, 2012, unanimously elected Manan Kumar Mishra, member BCI, as Chairman of the Bar Council of India,” a statement issued by the Council stated.

Mr. Mishra is a designated senior advocate, practising in the Supreme Court of India and the Patna High Court.

He succeeds senior advocate Ashok Parija whose tenure completed on Monday.

The BCI also unanimously elected senior advocate Zafar Ahmed Khan, member BCI from Madhya Pradesh, as its new vice-chairman.

The Bar Council of India is a statutory body to regulate and represent the Indian bar. It also sets standards for legal education and grants recognition to universities where degrees in law serve as qualification for enrolment as an advocate. -PTI