SCBA membership mandatory for Chamber Allotment in Supreme Court, holds SC

SCBA membership mandatory for Chamber Allotment in Supreme Court, holds SC

The Supreme Court on upheld the condition for lawyers to compulsorily be members of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for applying for allotment of Lawyers’ Chambers.

The  Bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan in a slew of petitions challenging various provisions of the Rules. 

The validity of condition of membership of SCBA is contained in Rule 3 of the Allotment Rules. 

The  Rule 3 was challenged by advocate V Shyam Mohan on the ground that it violates of Articles 14, 19(1)(c) and 19(1) (g) of the Constitution. 

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Senior Counsel Vikas Singh and Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh had, however, defended the said Rule. 

The court find that there is no fundamental right or any statutory right for allotment of chambers in any court premises, and ruled, “We, therefore, do not find any reason to interfere with the requirement of being a member of SCBA for submitting application for allotment of chambers.” 

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