CHENNAI: The Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA) has moved the Madras high court seeking to review its order imposing ‘minimum qualifications’ for advocates wanting to contest to the posts of office-bearers of the association.
When a division bench of Justice M Duraiswamy and Justice Sathya Narayana Prasad commenced their proceedings on Thursday, advocate G Mohana Krishnan made a mention seeking an urgent hearing of the review petition.
He pointed out that the conditions imposed by the order dated August 19 were practically impossible to be followed and were in contrary to the law set by the orders of the Supreme Court.
Allowing the mention, the bench orally instructed the committee of the association not to release the voters list scheduled to be released on December 17.
The court then directed the registry to list the matter for hearing on January 7.
As per the August 19 order, a person willing to contest must be a senior counsel with 25 years of standing and must have argued at least 50 cases before the HC each year or 250 cases in the past five years.
The court felt that such minimum qualifications are necessary as many lawyers who have not even entered the campus of the high court are trying to become the members and office-bearers of the association.
The order was passed on a plea moved by advocate K Sathyabal raising a series of allegations against the association and its functioning. He added that the certificate of practice of members should be verified as there was confusion as to whether members were residents or non-residents of Chennai.