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Strike diktat by lawyers’ body

delhi Updated: Feb 12, 2009 13:21 IST
Sumit Saxena
Sumit Saxena
Hindustan Times
Strike diktat by lawyers’ body

In a bid to garner support for its agitation against amendments in the CrPC, Delhi Bar Association has threatened to cancel the chambers and seats of any advocate who is unable to attend the protest at Parliament House on February 18.

In a notice circulated at Tis Hazari court complex, the association has warned advocates from finding any excuse for not taking part in the agitation.

The notice issued by Rajiv Khosla, president, Delhi Bar Association reads: “Those (Advocates) who are found to be absent will be considered to be supporting the stand of the government, and as such we will be constrained to strike off their names and cancel all facilities provided by the bar, which includes chambers and seats.”

The notice further states that no one will be exempted, including women lawyers, who generally avoid participating in the activities of the Bar.

The notice also says that for the agitation at Parliament House, no advocate would be allowed to use his/her personal car. The association has earmarked buses on the basis of chamber and seats in each block.

Continuing on their stand, the association have demanded that all advocates strike work on that day and take part in the protest, rather than a holiday. No advocate would be allowed to do any household or professional work while their colleagues demonstrate on road, the note read.

The lawyers are protesting against the amendments in Section 41 and 309 of CrPC giving discretionary powers to police to arrest or not to arrest a person accused in case facing imprisonment upto seven years.