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Committees

The Bar Council of India has various committees that make recommendations to the Council. The members of these committees are elected from amongst the members of the Council.

The Advocates Act mandates the creation of a Disciplinary Committee (under section 9), a Legal Education Committee, and an Executive Committee (under section 10). Chapter III of the Bar Council of India Rules permit the Council to appoint from amongst its members, one or more committees in addition to those specified in the Act. The Council can delegate powers, duties, and functions to these committees.

The term of the members of the committees of the Council has been specified in Chapter III of the Bar Council of India Rules. A different term can be specified at the time of election.

Set out in brief here are the structure, composition, authorities, responsibilities, and other details of some of the Bar Council of India’s committees:

Legal Education Committee

The Legal Education Committee consists of five members of the Bar Council of India and five co-opted members to represent the judiciary, the Law Ministry, the University Grants Commission, and academia. This committee makes recommendations to the Bar Council of India on all matters pertaining to legal education in the country. The committee elects its own Chairman.

The Legal Education Committee has the power:

1.    To make recommendations to the Council for laying down the standards of legal education for Universities.

2.    To visit and inspect Universities and report the results to the Council.

3.    To recommend to the Council the conditions subject to which foreign qualification in law obtained by persons other than citizens of India may be recognised.

4.    To recommend to the Council for recognition of any degree in law of any University in the territory of India.

5.    To recommend the discontinuance of recognition of any University already made by the Council.

The following are the members of the current Legal Education Committee.

Government of India, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.

1.Hon’ble Mr. Justice A. P. Misra
Former Judge, Supreme Court of  India,
Chairman, Legal Education Committee,
2.Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kurian Joseph,
Chief Justice of High Court of Himachal Pradesh
3.Mr. Manan Kumar Mishra, Sr. Advocate
Chairman, Bar Council of India
4.Mr. Zafar Ahmed Khan, Sr. Advocate
Vice Chairman, Bar Council of India
5.Mr. Ashok K. Parija, Sr. Advocate
Member, Bar Council of India
6.Mr. Apurba Kumar Sharma, Advocate
Chairman, Executive Committee, Bar Council of India
7.Mr. Faisal Rizvi, Advocate,
Member, Bar Council of India
8.Dr. N. L. Mitra, Former Director,
National Law School of India University Bangalore &
Natio nal Law University, Jodhpur.
9.The Law Secretary
Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs
10.The Chairman,
University Grants Commission, New Delhi

SPECIAL  INVITEES
11.Hon’ble Mrs. Mridula Mishra, Retd. Judge
12.Mr. Bhupinder Singh Rathore, Advocate
Co-Chairman, Bar Council of India
13.Mr.Ashok Kumar Deb, Advocate, M.L.A.
Managing Trustee, Bar Council of India Trust
14.Mr. Vijay Bhatt, Advocate
Associate Managing Trustee,
Bar Council of India Trust
15.Mr. Dinesh Pathak, Advocate
Vice Chairman, Executive Committee
Bar Council of India
16.Mr. G. E. Vahanvati
Attorney General of India,
Ex-Officio Member,
17.Mr. Rohinton Fali Nariman,
Solicitor General of India
18.Mr. Ram Jethmalani, M.P., Senior Advocate
Former Union Minister for Law and Justice
19.Mr.  Ashok Desai H., Senior Advocate
20.Mr.  Anil Divan, Senior Advocate
21.Mr. P. P. Rao, Sr. Advocate,
22.Mr.  K. K. Venugopal, Sr. Advocate
23.Mr. Gopal Subramanium, Senior Advocate
24.Mr. Ganguli A. K., Sr. Advocate
25.Mr. O. P. Sharma, Advocate
26.Mr. Biri Singh Sinsinwar, Sr. Advocate
Member, Bar Council of India
27.Mr. Rajinder Singh Rana, Advocate
Member, Bar Council of India
28.Mr. Satish Abarao Deshmukh, Advocate
Member, Bar Council of India
29.Mr. T. S. Ajith, Advocate
Member, Bar Council of India
30.Mr. S. Prabhakaran, Advocate
Member, Bar Council of India
31.Mr. I. N. Mehta, Advocate
Member, Bar Council of India
32.Mr. Bhoje Gowda.  S.L., Advocate
Member, Bar Council of India
33.Mr. Ramchander Rao N.,  Advocate
Member, Bar Council of India
34.Mr. Nilesh Kumar, Advocate
Member, Bar Council of India
35.Mr. Rameshchandra G. Shah, Advocate
Member, Bar Council of India
36.Dr. Ranbir Singh
Vice Chancellor,
National Law School University, Delhi
37.Prof R. Venkata Rao
Vice Chancellor
National Law School of India University, Bangalore
38.Mr. K. C. Mittal, Advocate

Disciplinary Committee

The disciplinary committees of the Bar Council of India hears applications for revision by persons against summary dismissal of their complaints against advocates for professional misconduct, by the State Bar Councils.

Appeals lie before the Bar Council of India against orders of the disciplinary committees of the State Bar Councils. Every such appeal is heard by the disciplinary committee of the Bar Council of India, which may pass an order, including an order varying the punishment awarded by the disciplinary committee of the State Bar Council.

Each disciplinary committee consists of three members. The term of the members of this committee is three years.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the executive authority of the Council, and is responsible for giving effect to the resolutions of the Council.

Members of the Executive Committee are elected from amongst the members of the Bar Council of India. The committee elects its Chairman and Vice-chairman.

The Executive Committee has the power:

1.To manage the funds of the Council,
2.To invest the funds of the Council in the manner directed by the Council from time to time,
3.To grant leave to members of the staff, other than casual leave,
4.To prescribe books of account, registers and files for the proper management of the affairs of the Council,
5.To appoint and supervise the work of the members of the staff and prescribe their conditions of service
6.To appoint auditors and fix their remuneration,
7.To consider the annual audit report and place it before the Council with its comments for its consideration,
8.To maintain a library and under the directions of the Council, publish any journal, treatise or pamphlets on legal subjects,
9.To prepare and place before the Council, the annual administration report and the statement of account,
10.To provide for proper annual inspection of the office and its registers,
11.To authorise the Secretary to incur expenditure within prescribed limits,
12.To fix travelling and other allowances to members of the committees of the Council, and to members of the staff,
13.To delegate to the Chairman and/or the Vice-Chairman any of its aforementioned powers,
14.To do all other things necessary for discharging the aforesaid functions.

At present, the Executive Committee has the following members:

1.         Mr. Apurba Kumar Sharma, Chairman
2.         Mr. Dinesh Pathak, Vice-Chairman
3.         Mr. Faisal Rizvi, Member
4.         Mr. Birisingh Sinsinwar, Member
5.         Mr. Satish A. Deshmukh, Member
6.         Mr. Ajith, T.S. , Member
7.         Mr. S. L. Bhoje Gowda, Member
8.         Mr. Bhupinder Singh Rathore, Member
9.         Mr. Nilesh Kumar, Member
10.       Chairman, Bar Council of India – Ex-Officio – Special Invitee
11.        Vice Chairman, Bar Council of India – Ex-Officio – Special Invitee
12.       Mr. Rajinder Singh Rana – Special Invitee
13.       Mr. I. N. Mehta - Special Invitee
14.       Mr. Ramchander Rao - Special Invitee
15.       Mr. Rameshchandra G. Shah – Special Invitee

Advocate Welfare Committee

The Advocates Welfare Committee looks into applications made by advocates through various State Bar Councils for welfare funds. The committee verifies the application and allocates funds.

The Advocates Welfare committee is empowered by the Advocates Welfare Fund Act, 2001. The State Bar Council shall pay to the Fund annually, an amount equal to twenty per cent of the enrolment fee received by it from advocates clause (f) of Section 24 of the Advocates Act.

The members of the Advocates Welfare Committee are elected from amongst the members of the Bar Council of India. The term of each member in this committee is two years.

The following are the members of the Advocates Welfare Committee

1.         Mr. T. S. Ajith – Chairman
2.         Mr. Satish A. Deshmukh – Vice-Chairman
3.         Mr. Manan Kumar Mishra – Chairman, BCI
4.         Mr. I. N. Mehta, Member
5.         Mr. Dinesh Pathak – Special Invitee
6.         Mr. Rameshchandra G. Shah – Special Invitee
7.         Mr. K.C. Mittal, Advocate – Special Invitee (as on 31.7.2012)

Legal Aid Committee

The following are the members of the Legal Aid Committee.

1. Mr. S. L. Bhoje Gowda – Chairman
2. Mr. Vijay Bhatt, Member
3. Mr. Birisingh Sinsinwar, Member
4. Mr. S. Prabakaran, Member
5. Mr. Ramchander Rao, Member

Building Committee

The following are the members of the Building Committee.

1. Chairman, Bar Council of India
2. Vice Chairman, Bar Council of India
3. Managing Trustee, Bar Council of India Trust
4. Chairman, Executive Committee, Bar Council of India
5. Vice Chairman, Executive Committee, Bar Council of India
6. Associate Managing Trustee, Bar Council of India Trust
7. Mr. I. N. Mehta – Vice-Chairman of Building Committee

Rules Committee

The following are the members of the rules committee

1.Mr. Bhupinder Singh Rathore – Chairman
2. Mr. S. Prabakaran – Vice-Chairman
3. Mr. Faisal Rizvi, Member
4. Mr. Ajith T. S. , Member
5. Mr. Dinesh Pathak, Member
6. Chairman, Bar Council of India – Ex-officio
7. Mr. Rameshchandra G. Shah – Special Invitee

Special Committee (Oversee Committee)

The following are the members of the Special Committee (Oversee Committe).

1.         Mr. Faisal Rizvi - Chairman
2.         Mr. Rajinder Singh Rana – Vice-Chairman
3.         Mr. Apurba Kumar Sharma – Chairman, EC
4.         Mr. Birisingh Sinsinwar, Member
5.         Mr. Ajith, T.S., Member
6.         Mr. S. Prabakaran, Member
7.         Mr. I. N. Mehta, Member
8.         Mr. Bhupinder Singh Rathore, Member
9.         Mr. S. L. Bhoje Gowda, Member
10.       Mr. Dinesh Pathak – Vice-Chairman, EC
11.        Mr. Rameshchandra G. Shah, Member
12.       Chairman, Bar Council of India – Ex-Officio – Special Invitee
13.       Vice Chairman, Bar Council of India – Ex-Officio – Special Invitee

Finance Committee

The following are the members of the Finance Committe

1.         Mr. Birisingh Sinsinwar Chairman
2.        Mr. Bhupinder Singh Rathore – Co-Chairman, BCI
3.         Mr. Bhoje Gowda S.L., Member
4.        Mr. Apurba Kumar Sharma – Chairman, EC
5.         Mr. Dinesh Pathak – Vice-Chairman, EC
6.        Mr. Manan Kumar Mishra – Chairman, BCI, Special Invitee
7.         Mr. Zafar Ahmed Khan – Vice-Chairman, BCI, Special Invitee
8.        Mr. Apurba Kumar Sharma – Chairman, EC, Permanent Special Invitee

All India Bar Examination Committee

The following are the members of the All India Bar Examination Committee

1.      Shri Manan Kumar Mishra, Chairman, Bar Council of India, Chairman of the Committee.
2.      Shri Apurba Kumar Sharma, Chairman, EC, Bar Council of India
3.      Shri Biri Singh Sinsinwar, Member, Bar Council of India
4.      Shri Bhupinder Singh Rathore, Member, Bar Council of India
5.      Shri Faisal Rizvi, Member, Bar Council of India
6.      Shri Bhoje Gowda, Member, Bar Council of India
7.      Shri Ramchandra Rao, Member, Bar Council of India
8.      Shri S. Prabhakaran, Member, Bar Council of India
9.      Sh. Dinesh Pathak, Vice-Chairman, EC, Bar Council of India
10.    Shri Rameshchandra G. Shah, Member, Bar Council of India

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