The Bar Association of India is a voluntary organisation of lawyers which was established in April 1960 shortly before the enactment of the Indian Advocates Act, 1961, which fused the legal profession in India and introduced a common roll of Advocates in each State. The inauguration of the Association by the President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, took place in the presence of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the Chief Justice of India and many stalwarts of the profession whose names are held in high esteem today in the profession throughout the country. Shri M.C. Setalvad, the first Attorney-General of India was also the first President of the Association who, together with the illustrious, Dr. K.M. Munshi and Mr. C.K. Daphtary and others framed the constitution of the Association.