MP advocates abstain from courts to protest Allahabad lawyer’s murder

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jabalpur
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2015 16:48 IST

About 80,000 lawyers across MP abstained from courts on Monday to protest the alleged killing of a lawyer in the premises of an Allahabad district court by a policeman.

The advocates abstained from the high court, district courts and others courts in various parts of the state.

State Bar Council of MP officiating secretary Mukesh Mishra said the lawyers across the state did not appear in the courts and the protest went off peacefully.

The Bar Council of India (BCI) made a nationwide call on Thursday to the lawyers to abstain from the courts to show their solidarity.

The lawyers at Jabalpur condemned the killing of the lawyer at Allahabad on March 11, 2015.

The MP High Court Bar Association (MPHCBA), Jabalpur, took out rally as a mark of protest over the murder of the lawyer.

The association also raised the issue of the alleged arrest of two lawyers Narendra Nath Tripathi by the Balaghat police and Vijay Naidu by the Seoni police recently without any reason. The association condemned the police act.

MPHCBA president AM Trivedi said: “We have submitted a memorandum to the district administration addressed to the chief minister, demanding a thorough probe into the arrest of the two lawyers.”

He said a draft titled MP Vidhi Vivavsayi Suraksha Vidheyak 2012 (Advocates Protection Bill) for the legal protection for lawyers was pending before the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.

“We demand that the government provide legal protection to lawyers by taking appropriate action on the bill,” Trivedi said.

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