July 21, 2024
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Kapil Sibal Elected SCBA President for Fourth Term

Kapil Sibal

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal has won the election for the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) with a decisive victory. Sibal secured 1,066 votes, surpassing his closest rival, senior advocate Pradeep Kumar Rai, who garnered 689 votes. This marks the fourth time Sibal will hold the prestigious position, having previously served in the 1995-96, 1997-98, and 2001 terms.

Kapil Sibal, a Harvard Law School graduate, announced his candidacy for the SCBA presidency on May 8. His extensive legal career includes serving as the additional solicitor general of India during 1989-90 and being designated as a senior advocate in 1983. His victory is notable given the competitive field, which included other senior legal professionals like Priya Hingorani, Tripurari Ray, and Neeraj Srivastava.

The current SCBA executive committee consists of senior advocate Adish Aggarwala as the president, Pradeep Rai as the vice-president, and Rohit Pandey as the honorary secretary. Aggarwala’s term has seen significant directives from the Supreme Court regarding the structure and inclusivity of the SCBA’s executive committee. In particular, a bench of Justices Surya Kant and K V Vishwanathan mandated reservations for women members in the executive committee, recognizing the SCBA’s integral role in the nation’s highest judicial forum.

Sibal’s return to the SCBA presidency comes at a critical juncture, with the legal community navigating numerous challenges. His leadership is expected to bring experienced guidance to the association. Throughout his career, Sibal has been involved in many high-profile cases and legal reforms, making his return to the SCBA presidency a highly anticipated development.

The election results and Sibal’s victory reflect his enduring influence and respect within the legal community. His tenure is anticipated to focus on enhancing the SCBA’s role in judicial advocacy and addressing contemporary issues facing the legal fraternity. With a strong mandate from his peers, Sibal is well-positioned to lead the SCBA towards greater prominence and effectiveness in its mission.

Overall, Sibal’s election win underscores his longstanding dedication and contribution to the legal field, promising robust leadership for the SCBA during his term.

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