Kapil Sibal Elected President of Supreme Court Bar Association
Kapil Sibal Elected President of Supreme Court Bar Association

Kapil Sibal, a senior advocate, has been elected as the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) after the recent elections. Sibal was up against senior advocates Adish C Aggarwala, Pradeep Kumar Rai, Priya Hingorani, and advocates Tripurari Ray and Neeraj Srivastava.

Sibal received over 1,000 votes, surpassing his closest competitor, Rai, who garnered more than 650 votes.

In a related development, the Supreme Court has mandated that certain positions in the SCBA's executive committee be reserved for women members. Justices Surya Kant and K V Vishwanathan emphasized that the SCBA, being a significant institution within the country's highest judicial body, should include women in its leadership. Consequently, the court directed that the treasurer's position in the 2024-2025 SCBA elections be reserved for women.

Kapil Sibal's Career Highlights

Kapil Sibal graduated from Harvard Law School and served as India's additional solicitor general from 1989 to 1990. He became a senior advocate in 1983 and was previously elected SCBA president three times between 1995 and 2002. Sibal also held ministerial roles in the Congress-led UPA government.

Following his recent election, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh praised Sibal's victory, calling it a significant win for liberal, secular, democratic, and progressive values. He hinted at broader national changes, suggesting that those supporting the outgoing administration might be surprised by this outcome.

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