STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: The J&K High Court Bar Association (J&KHCBA), during its General House meeting held here on Thursday, decided to continue its ongoing agitation. H C Jhelmaria (Advocate), Member J&KHCBA, moved a requisition, on which the General House meeting of Bar took decision of indefinite strike. While speaking at Dharna site, Jhelmaria told lawyers that there is a need to intensify the ongoing agitation. In the list of already highlighted demands, demand of formation of CAT at Jammu and Srinagar along with making the Benches permanent at Jammu and Srinagar should also be added, he suggested. A.K Sawhney, Advocate Former Bar President expressed faith in leadership of the Bar but expressed concern on slow pace of agitation. He admired the patience of young lawyers who did not violate whip of the bar President. He clarified that some misgiving about the angle of lawyers agitation is being attributed that lawyers are demanding statehood whereas there is no such resolution. “Bar Association’s resolution is limited to just two demands, first High Court should not be shifted to Raika Hills and second restoring registration powers to judicial officers. There is no other demand at the moment. We all are United on these two issues,” said Sawhney, adding, “The only question is how the leadership will achieve the result and deliver at the earliest.” “One of the course is to convene general house to take the bar members into confidence to intensify the agitation or let the leadership have honorable negotiation with the government,” said Sawhney. He assured the elected Bar body to chalk out the programme and whatever role we can perform will be performed to support the demands. B S Slathia, Senior Advocate Former President also expressed full faith in the leadership. He also appealed to convene the general house to discuss the 28 days progress. CAT constitution as permanent benches at both wings be constituted, he said. This subsequent development may be included in the Bar’s demands but it is possible only if the house approves it, he added. Meanwhile, the work remain suspended for the 21st consecutive working day in the District and Sessions Court Kathua including all other subordinate courts of entire District and complete shutdown was observed by District Bar Association Kathua in support of J&K High Court Bar Association Jammu.
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