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Bar body expels ex-secy for anti-strike stand

The New Delhi Bar Association has expelled its former secretary for taking a stand in favour of the recent CrPC amendment and speaking out against strikes by lawyers.
Hindustan Times | By Sumit Saxena, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2009 11:39 PM IST

The New Delhi Bar Association has expelled its former secretary for taking a stand in favour of the recent CrPC amendment and speaking out against strikes by lawyers.

The notice issued to Ashok Arora, who is also former secretary, Supreme Court Bar Council, stated that he was being expelled from the membership of the association for maligning the legal fraternity following his stand against the ongoing protest.

“I am not in favour of strike as it causes great inconvenience to litigants who come to the court and go back empty-handed. Justice is being delayed by organising strikes,” Ashok Arora had said.

The notice further said other big names who tried to “sabotage” the agitation and took a stand contrary to the decision of the Co-ordination Committee of the Bar Associations would face similar consequences.

Reacting to the expulsion, former law minister and senior advocate Shanti Bhusan said: “The Supreme Court in a judgement
had made it clear no member of the bar can be expelled for not participating in the strike. The apex court has termed these strikes illegal.”

Delhi Bar Council Chairman Ved Prakash Sharma said: “It is a condemnable act. The co-ordination committee cannot take the right of freedom of expression. We are already in negotiations with the government and strike is no way to come to any decision.”

Lawyers' protest
City lawyers on Friday observed 'black day' and wore red ribbons to protest the recent 'attack' on lawyers by the Tamil Nadu Police in the Chennai High Court premises.

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