The Madras High Court has made it mandatory for advocates whose names had been included in the voters’ list for the elections to Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (BCTNP) to produce valid identity cards issued by the council at the time of voting on March 28.
Disposing of a public interest litigation petition filed by advocate G. Mohanakrishnan, the first Division Bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose directed the Bar Council to dispose of within 15 days the applications filed by advocates for renewal of their expired identity cards.
The judges recorded an undertaking given on behalf of the council to the court that the last date for submission of renewal applications should be extended till the close of working hours of Monday.
The council had originally decided to stop entertaining renewal applications beyond the working hours on Saturday.
In the meantime, former High Court judges G.M. Akbar Ali and T. Mathivanan, who had been appointed by the Bar Council of India as the Returning Officers for the BCTNP elections, issued a notification instructing the candidates to desist from releasing manifestos with various promises since it was against the council’s election rules.