State Bar Council calls off advocates’ strike

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Apr 2018 10:40:42



Staff Reporter

The demands of State Bar Council (SBC) of Madhya Pradesh have been given principal acceptance by the State Government with assurance of positive results. Amongst different demands of SBC Madhya Pradesh, three demands are at State Government level, including Advocate Protection Act, chamber for the advocates and third is demand to increase compensation amount to Rs 5 lakh. Receiving the assurance from State Government and Chief Justice to initiate proceedings to fulfill demands of SBC, the strike of advocates has been called off,” informed Advocate General of Madhya Pradesh, Purushaindra Kaurav while addressing the press conference, on Tuesday.

While demands related to appointment of judges in courts is related to High Court and the Chief Justice of MPHC, Justice Hemant Gupta, in the meeting, assured the SBC delegation that he would initiate proceedings in direction to fulfill their demands and their different demands on May 19 declaration would be made by Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Abhaar Panchayat, informed Kaurav. State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh, Chairman, Shivendra Upadhyay informed that, after the assurance given by Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh in a meeting with the SBC delegates on Tuesday, the State Bar Council has called off the strike. He added that, on the call of State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh, the Prativad Diwas was observed and members abstained from court work on Monday. SBC Chairman, Shivendra Upadhyay added that the demands raised required a procedure to get fulfilled. Hence, at present, the principle acceptance by the High Court and State Government to fulfill their demands is victory of unity amongst lawyers. He added that, on Monday, a press release was issued by High Court in which an invitation was made by MPHC to hold discussion on the issue.

On Tuesday, after decision of Madhya Pradesh High Court came on the petition filed against strike, a delegation of SBC MP led by Shivendra Upadhyay met Chief Justice, Hemant Gupta. In the meeting, Advocate General, Purushaindra Kaurav was present. In the meeting, Chief Justice, Hemant Gupta assured that proceedings pertaining to demand of appointment of judges on vacant posts is already in process, while for other issues related to advocates working, the MPHC has open doors for dialogue with SBC. In respect of the words and assurance given by the MPHC Chief Justice and the Government of Madhya Pradesh pertaining to fulfilment of demands, the SBC has called off strike, added Shivendra Upadhyay. He added that for the fulfilment of demands, the assurance of State Government like rise in compensation amount given on death of advocates, construction and development of chambers for advocates as well as demand to increase honorarium provided to the senior advocates retired from Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 is under consideration. Pertaining to these demands, assurance has been given that, on May 19, the declarations would be made by Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan. SBC office-bearers, including Advocate Radhelal Gupta, Manish Dutt, Sammati Saini, Jagganath Tripathi and others were present.