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HC Bar Association lawyers on strike in J&K

The Bar had filed an application before the Director General of Police on May 1 under the Right to Information Act.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 12:35 IST

Members of the Kashmir High Court Bar Association struck work in Srinagar on Wednesday protesting a government decision not to reveal the names of those involved in the alleged sex scandal and listing of its PIL before a particular judge.

"We are protesting against the government decision not to reveal the names of the persons involved in the sex racket," President of KHCBA Mian Abdul Qayoom said.

The Bar had filed an application before the Director General of Police on May 1 under the Right to Information Act seeking the names of the persons involved in the sex scandal allegedly involving some politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and police officers of the state.

Qayoom said a suo motu action taken by Justice Bashir Ahmed Kirmani on media reports about the sex racket and the PIL filed by the Association have been listed for hearing before Justice Hakim Imtiyaz who was at Jammu and arriving here only in late afternoon.

Justice Imtiyaz was part of the division bench which heard the earlier case of a sex scandal (in 2004) and has reserved the judgement for more than a year now.

"If the High Court cannot take a decision in this case for so long how can they do justice to other cases," he alleged.

The Bar Association President said since Justice Kirmani had taken suo motu notice of the case based on media reports, it should have been listed in his court for hearing.

The members of the Bar Association took out a procession from the High Court premises to the Residency road. The work in Sadar (local) court was also paralysed due to the spontaneous strike.

First Published: May 10, 2006 12:35 IST