TERMING THE proposed amendments in the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC) for restricting adjournments in criminal matters as “anti-lawyers”, senior advocate and a Rajya Sabha member from the Samajwadi Piarty Virendra Bhatia, has urged the UP Bar Council and the Bar Council of India to oppose the move at their level in the larger interest of the lawyers community.
As per the proposed amendments, no adjournment shall be granted at the request of a party except when the circumstances are beyond the control of that party and the fact that the pleader of a party is engaged in another court shall not be a ground for adjournment.
It is further provided that in the event of illness of a pleader or his inability to conduct the case for any other reason, the court shall not grant adjournment unless it is satisfied that the party applying for adjournment could not have engaged another pleader in time.
It is also proposed that if a witness is present in court but a party or his pleader is not present or though present is not ready to examine or cross examine the witness the court may, if it thinks fit, record the statement of the witness and pass such orders as it thinks fit dispensing with the examination-in-chief or the cross examination as the case may be.
In a letter sent to the chairman of the UP Bar council and the Bar Council of India, Bhatia has urged the lawyers’ body to oppose the proposed amendment in the interest of lawyers.
Bhatia said he had asked his fellow lawyer members of the Rajya Sabha belonging to other political parties to oppose the proposed amendments in the lawyers’ interest.
Ayodhya title suits
THE SPECIAL full bench of the High Court hearing temple/mosque title suits here on Friday permitted the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) to fill up 24 trenches as prayed fixing September 18 for hearing the case.
The bench comprising Justices SR Alam, Bhanwar Singh and OP Srivastava further asked the ASI to indicate, by the next date, as to how many more trenches need to be filled up.
Meanwhile, the commissioner HS Dubey will continue to record statement of the witnesses from September 4, next the bench added.
Report sought: JUSTICE ON Khandelwal of the High Court here has sought report on mafia Don Babloo Srivastava’s plea for being released on parole on the occasion of release of his book titled ‘unfulfilled dreams’ reportedly scheduled to be held at Hotel Clarks Avadh on September 5.
The court has asked the prosecution to confirm if any such event is scheduled to be held as alleged in the petition seeking parole.
DM, SP summoned: A DIVISION bench of the High Court comprising Justices KS Rakhra and JM Paliwal has summoned the DM and SP Barabanki on September 8 in connection with the attack on CJ’s car near Loni Katra Barabanki in August last.
The bench passed the above orders on a writ petition filed by one Kuldip Maurya, for quashing the FIR lodged against him in connection with the aforesaid incident and staying his arrest in pursuance to the said FIR.
The court has directed the DM and SP Barabanki to disclose as to whether they had informed the Chief Justice about the disturbances in the area and what steps wee taken for the safety of the CJ.