D. Selvam was on Saturday elected Chairman of the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. P.S.Amalraj was elected Vice-Chairman and S. Prabakaran, Member, Bar Council of India. They will hold office for five years.

Plea to Chief Minister

Later, Mr. Prabakaran told reporters that he would request Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to increase the welfare fund for advocates from Rs.2 lakh to Rs.5 lakh irrespective of the number of years of practice and allot housing plots for advocates in the State on the lines of the scheme being implemented for Supreme Court advocates at Noida.

A request would be made to the State government for payment of stipend to young advocates.