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Kamaldeep Singh Brar, Hindustan Times
Bathinda, September 24, 2013
Lawyers from across the Malwa region must be excited over union minister of communication, IT and law and justice, Kapil Sibal's Tuesday visit as he will have an 'informal chat' with them.
Sibal will reach the city on Tuesday to attend several functions parallel to the political rallies of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa.

However, Bathinda bar association president Mahinder Singh Sidhu has confirmed that there is no formal agenda ahead of the law minister's visit.

"We have set no agenda. As he was slated to visit Bathinda, we extended him invitation around three weeks back. We have invited lawyers from across Malwa to meet the law minister," said Sidhu.

"We will have an informal meeting with the law minister. As we will have an opportunity, we will raise various issues concerning the district bar association. We will ask him to make the Centre contribute to the construction of lawyers' chambers in the court complex. We will also inform him that the bar association has no source of income and demand financial help from the law minister. We have several other issues to raise in front of the minister," said Sidhu.

He added that, "I do not remember when a law minister visited the bar association last time. It is a great occasion for us."

Sibal will also inaugurate new wing of the SSD Women's Institute of Technology at SSD Girls College, where he will share the stage with Bajwa.

Meanwhile, the district administration took its time to give clearance to the site proposed for the landing of Sibal's helicopter even as the issue kept his hosts on tenterhooks on Tuesday.

The law minister's office had informed the district administration about Sibal's visit to Bathinda on September 19. Delay in grant of permission for chopper landing site gave anxious moments to his hosts as it would have concluded the visit before it started. However, the administration finally gave the permission for the chopper landing site on Tuesday evening. The administration gave no clear reasons behind the delay in granting permission.