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Lawyers in all districts courts have decided to abstain from work on January 20 to enforce a nationwide protest against the Centre’s proposal to establish an ombudsman consisting of judges to hear complaints against lawyers.

The Co-Ordination Committee of all bar associations of Delhi district courts said in a statement that the Bar Council of India (BCI) is already handling complaints against advocates and the Centre is trying to take away the BCI powers by setting up a parallel body of judges.

“Lawyers are amazed that the government, under the grab of protecting the interest of clients, is giving authority to judges by appointing them as ombudsman,” said Rajiv Khosla, spokesperson of the co-ordination committee.



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