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Lawyers strike work across UP

india Updated: Jan 19, 2009 21:28 IST
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Lawyers in Uttar Pradesh on Monday struck work in district courts demanding withdrawal of changes in the CrPC which allow the police not to arrest accused in offences punishable upto 7 years in jail.

The Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh said it has also send a memorandum to the President Pratibha Patil seeking her intervention in the matter.

"During the protest, lawyers across the state sent a memorandum to the President through their respective district magistrates seeking her intervention on the issue," member of the state bar council Ajay Kumar Shukla said.

He said the Bar council will participate in the proposed nation-wide strike of lawyers on February 3 and 18 to press for their demands.

"The amendments will remove fear from minds of criminals who would misuse the provisions, affecting people's confidence in law maintenance," said Meerut Bar Association President Braham Par Singh.

Proceedings in the Allahabad High Court, where advocates had abstained from work on Friday, were again affected on Monday with lawyers extending support to the state-wide protest.

Similar was the case with the district court, situated in the collectorate premises, where the agitating advocates burnt copies of the amended CrPC, demanding revocation of the "draconian changes".

In the Muzaffarnagar district too, court proceedings were affected and hearing in several high-profile cases were deferred, sources said.

According to the proposed amendments, no arrest would be required for cognisable offences such as molestation, dowry harassment and attempt to robbery, prescribing maximum punishment of seven years' jail term.