Advocates to abstain from work on Jan 8

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jan 2018 10:30:55


Staff Reporter,

Advocates will observe ‘Prativad Diwas’ to press for long pending demands like appointment of judges in High Court on vacant posts, Advocate Protection Act and others issues

“ON THE call of State Bar Council (SBC) all the advocates will abstain from work on January 8 to mark ‘Prativad Diwas’ to press for long pending demands like appointment of judges in High Court on vacant posts, Advocate Protection Act and issues related to continuous increasing incidents of attack on advocates,” said Member of State Bar Council R K Singh Saini while addressing a press conference on Friday. Advocate Radhelal Gupta, Spokesperson, Advocate Jaggnath Tripathi and Advocate Manish Dutta, senior members of the Bar Council were present. 

Advocate Radhelal Gupta said since last many years demand to fulfill vacant posts of judges in High Court is being raised by the Bar Council. At different platforms and repeatedly the issue was raised before the Chief Justice of India, Union Law Minister by delegations of advocates. Time to time through correspondence demands were raised before the President of India and the Prime Minister. But in vain. At present in MPHC, a total of 53 judges posts are allotted posts but 20 posts are lying vacant.

In coming months, six judges would be retiring making total posts to 25, which is half the number of allotted posts. Pendency in courts is increasing continuously and the Government is not paying attention to this serious issue. Also, the advocates are demanding execution of Advocates Protection Act and even after giving assurance the Government is not taking the issue seriously. On being asked, State Bar Council prepared its draft and submitted to the Government but it is not yet tabled in the Assembly. Due to continuous delay in bringing Advocates Protection Act, lawyers are feeling insecure and the number of crime incidents against lawyers are rising across the State.

Taking a stand on aforementioned issues as per direction of State Bar Council Chairman, members of State Bar Council to observe Prativad Diwas. On January 8, advocates will abstain from court work and submit a demand letter for appointment of judges on vacant posts in MPHC. Advocates will submit a memorandum addressing to the President of India, Prime Minister, Union Law Minister and for second demand the members will submit a memorandum addressing to the Chief Minister and the Director General of Police through Collector, SDO and Tehsildar.