Lawyers to abstain from work today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Apr 2018 10:42:14



Staff Reporter

STATE Bar Council (SBC) Chairman Shivendra Upadhyay declared that the strike called by State Bar Council in association with State and District Bars across the State will remain maintained. He said State Bar Council has appealed to all its members, office-bearers to abstain from court work on Monday. On Monday, a joint meeting of all the Bar Associations and other representative organisations of advocates have been called by the State Bar Council. In this meeting, decision on future course of action will be taken. For pre declared strike from April 9 has been maintained by SBC. After this meeting, decision to continue the strike will be taken unanimously. He was accompanied by Madhya Pradesh High Court Bar Association President Adarshmuni Trivedi, SBC office-bearers including Bhoop Narayan Singh, Mehboob Ansari, Ankur Modi, Jagganath Tripathi and R K Singh Saini.

“Demands on which State Bar Council has called strike includes demands related to the High Court. On similar demands, the Supreme Court has given an order on March 28. Keeping this decision of Supreme Court in mind, SBC has sought time from Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh to meet and discuss the issue on April 5 and to meet at 2.15 pm time was allotted for SBC. State Bar Council President Shivendra Upadhyay added that on the same day a petition was filed challenging strike by an advocate. But the petition has some mistakes and after amendment the petition has to be listed on April 9. On the same day, the Chief Justice dismissing all procured have listed the petition on same day on April 5 at 2.30 pm for hearing. And informed SBC too about the hearing. In such circumstances following courtesy, a delegation of SBC went to meet the Chief Justice and returned from the office of Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court. After returning we apprised members of Bar Council and Bar Association that a joint meeting of All Bar associations on the issue will be held on Monday. After talks with the Chief Justice situation may arise that the situation to go on strike may considered. He added that refusing the appeal of State Bar Council and directions given and on next day on April 6 threat given to advocates in order sheet and baseless allegations levelled on office-bearers of the State Bar Council the lawyers were hurt. To decide future course of action in a democratic way, a joint meeting of all Advocates Bar Representatives across Madhya Pradesh have been called at SBC office premises. He said while hearing in this petition against strike, baseless allegations and statements given by the court are against respect of State Bar Council office-bearers as well as against every member of the Bar. Such circumstances will be discussed and future of strike will be decided on Monday meeting. SBC Chairman Shivendra Upadhyay added that State Bar Council has appealed to the members to abstain from court work on their will and to maintain unity of advocates in a democratic way. Decision of strike is still maintained by SBC. Madhya Pradesh High Court Bar Association President Adarshmuni Trivedi said that time is very critical for entire legal fraternity. It is believed that the judiciary and bar are two important wheels of the chariot of justice. It seems that one wheel is being suppressed by all forces. It is a crucial time for democratic values.