Lawyers’ strike paralyses work in J-K HC, subordinate courts

Lawyers' strike paralyses work in J-K HC, subordinate courts
Lawyers’ strike paralyses work in J-K HC, subordinate courts

Judicial work in the Jammu and Kashmir High court and subordinate courts in Srinagar was today paralysed due to a strike called by a lawyers’ body protesting an assault on one of its senior members.

The members of High Court Bar Association (HCBA) launched their one-day protest against a “murderous assault” on Mohammad Abdullah Pandit and pressed for stern action against those responsible.

In view of the strike, lawyers abstained from work in the High Court, Saddar Court and other subordinate courts here, officials said.

The HCBA alleged that some persons attacked Pandit while he was parking his vehicle outside the office chamber Sunday following an altercation between them. The victim suffered serious head injuries in the incident, they said.

An FIR was lodged against the accused at the Khanyar police station of which two have been arrested.

Some of the accused are still at large, the HCBA said and demanded a thorough probe by police into the incident.

Lawyers call off strike

On 15.03.2013, it has been announced by the lawyers that their indefinite strike in protest against the police action at their agitation on March 6 and 7.

The decision to end the strike was taken after an understanding evolved between the agitating lawyers and the state government at a meeting held with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Lawyers proceeding on the strike on March 7 in protest against police lathi charge and use of tear gas after violence during their demonstration at the state assembly here on March 6 that was held for pressing up on their demand charter.

Again no March 7 clashes and violence between lawyers and police marred the stir and also forced the police to resort to lathicharge, use of tear gas and even rubber bullets

Lawyers strike disrupts work in courts

Here in Rajashtan, all the lawyers and advocate are on strike for the demand of the residential scheme for lawyers and advocates.

The one day token strike was observed on call from the State Bar Council and Bar Association that disrupted legal proceeding and hearing of more than 10,000 cases posted for today.

The demand chart is pending before the State Government for a long period and efforts have been made for a settlement but all in vain.

‘Yesterday itself a lawyers’ delegation held dialogue with the government but that also was inconclusive exercise.

Besides housing scheme, the lawyers are also demanding for state’s contribution in the Lawyers Welfare Fund, stipend for fresher law graduates who join in practice and appointments of lawyers in various tribunals and authorities.

Lawyers’ strike affects life in Jammu

Normal life was affected in parts of this city Tuesday as the Bar Association of Jammu called a strike to demand the rollback of the Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to transfer land and property registration from the judiciary to the executive.

Some parts of Jammu saw a partial response while others saw a complete shutdown. The closure was more intense in the first half of the day around the court complex area of Janipur.

Lawyers and people from organisations supporting the strike later took out a rally, moving from the walled city to other parts of Jammu amid extra police deployment made to enforce law and order.

The rallyists were shouting slogans against the government and demanding rollback of the order.

Commuter vehicles were plying in outer areas of the city, thus affecting attendances in offices and educational institutions.

Dilbagh Singh, the inspector general of police of Jammu Zone, told mediapersons, The bandh is so far peaceful with no untoward incident reported from any part of the city.

The bar association’s call is supported by over a dozen business and social organisations in Jammu which are opposed to the transfer of registration powers to revenue department officials who are also executive magistrates of the area.

Jagar Mal Gupta, who owns a general merchandise shop in the posh Gandhi Nagar locality, said he would keep his shop closed Tuesday in support of the lawyers’ demand.

“I feel that powers of registration should be with the judiciary as the common man will otherwise be burdened with greasing the palms of revenue officials who are corrupt from top to bottom,” Jagar observed.

Most shops, business establishments and commuter vehicles did not operate in the morning.

The government’s logic behind the decision is that it will increase “direct revenue through stamp paper duty, and also the records of lands and properties are with the revenue department, which will make things easier for common man”.

But lawyers feel that besides many of them losing business due to the move, the common man will be “harassed by corrupt revenue officials”.

Bar Association president B.S. Salathia said: “We will take our protest to a logical conclusion.”