In a resounding victory that reverberated throughout the legal fraternity, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal emerged triumphant as the newly elected President of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA). Sibal’s landslide win, characterized by a decisive mandate from the SCBA membership, underscored his unwavering commitment to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding the principles enshrined in the Constitution.
With an impressive tally of 1,066 votes, Sibal clinched the presidency, defeating his nearest rival, Senior Counsel Pradeep Rai, who garnered 689 votes. The overwhelming support garnered by Sibal not only reaffirmed his stature as a stalwart of the legal profession but also signaled a renewed sense of trust and confidence in his leadership abilities.
Sibal’s illustrious tenure as President of the SCBA spans multiple terms, including his previous stewardship during the years 1995-1996, 1997-1998, and 2001-2002. His return to the helm heralds a new chapter for the SCBA, marked by a steadfast commitment to advancing the interests of its members and championing the cause of justice.
In an exclusive interview with Bar & Bench following his electoral triumph, Sibal articulated his vision for the SCBA and reaffirmed the pivotal role of lawyers in upholding the rule of law. Emphasizing the nonpartisan nature of legal advocacy, Sibal underscored the imperative of transcending political affiliations in the pursuit of justice.
“Lawyers are meant to uphold the rule of law. The purpose of the lawyer is to protect the Constitution…. So if you divide the Bar based on political leanings, actually you are not fulfilling your duty as a lawyer. You may have a personal political philosophy, but that has nothing to do with your duty as a lawyer,” remarked Sibal.
His impassioned plea for unity and collective action resonated with members of the legal community, reaffirming the intrinsic responsibility of lawyers to uphold the sanctity of legal principles above partisan interests. Sibal’s distinguished career, characterized by a steadfast commitment to legal excellence and public service, serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring lawyers and seasoned practitioners alike.
As Sibal assumes the mantle of leadership at the SCBA, he embarks on a journey defined by integrity, inclusivity, and unwavering dedication to the cause of justice. His victory symbolizes a triumph of principled leadership and heralds a new era of collaboration and progress within the legal fraternity.
In the coming days, Sibal’s presidency promises to be marked by proactive engagement, visionary leadership, and a steadfast commitment to advancing the interests of the legal profession. As he takes on the mantle of leadership, Sibal’s tenure is poised to leave an indelible mark on the annals of legal history, reaffirming the enduring relevance of the SCBA as a bastion of legal excellence and a steadfast guardian of the rule of law.

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