Lalit Bhasin, the re-elected president of the Bar Association of India, said he would focus on looking into and rationalizing obsolete laws during his new term.
“Parliament, executive and judiciary must make efforts to bring [these laws] in tune with present day reality,” said Bhasin, whose term will end in 2020.
Representatives of states from all over India voted to re-elect Bhasin, who is the managing partner of Bhasin & Co and president of the Society of Indian Law Firms.
“It is an honour to be elected as the president of the Bar Association of India again,” said Bhasin. “I look forward to working with the other office bearers and putting my best foot forward to contribute to the growth of the association.
“The association has always been at the forefront of introducing new ideas and instilling a culture of inquiry, debate and discussion on issues vital to the Indian legal profession. Delivering justice and maintaining and promoting the rule of law have been paramount to the association and I plan to take this legacy forward.”
Newly elected vice-presidents of the association include: senior advocates Gopal Subramanium, Amarjit Singh Chandiok, Shyam Divan, SS Naganand, Arvind Datar, Rajiv Dutta, Koka Raghava Rao, additional solicitor general Pinky Anand, Khaitan & Co partner Rabindra Jhunjhunwala, executive chairman of the Bar Council of India Apurba Kumar Sharma, member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra, Uday Prakash Warunjikar, and advocate Priya Hingorani.
Anindita Pujari was elected general secretary, while Triveni Potekar was elected treasurer.
The Bar Association of India is a voluntary organization of lawyers dedicated to providing free legal aid, improving legal education, maintaining high professional conduct and discipline, and holding conferences on current legal issues.