STATE TIMES NEWS SAMBA/KATHUA: The election campaigns of all candidates contesting Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Jammu are going on in full swing and in this regard, candidate for the post of President, Adv A K Sawhney visited Samba and Kathua Courts and met a number of Advocates. At Samba, A K Sawhney gifted a water-dispenser to the Bar Association, which was unveiled and installed by the President of Samba Bar Association, Subash Sambyal along with other team members. Sambyal thanked Sawhney for the kind gesture for welfare of advocates of Samba Bar. Later, Sawhney also addressed Bar Members in newly constructed Bar rooms of District Court complex. It may be mentioned that the new Samba Court complex has been inaugurated on 17.4.2019 and Courts have shifted to the new complex just two days back. The Vice President of Samba Bar also spoke on the occasion and thanked Sawhney for his noble gesture and conveyed best wishes for ensuing elections. Speaking on the occasion, Sawhney said that he has an emotional attachment with Samba, as he has worked as a Munsiff for a short-duration at Samba. This water-dispensary is just a token of my respect for Samba Bar, he added. Sawhney further congratulated the Advocates of Samba for shifting to new Courts premises. Highlighting the reason which compelled him to contest BAJ elections for the post of President, Sawhney said, “My only agenda for contesting the elections for the post of President of esteemed association is that I want immediate elections of J&K Bar Council, thereby transferring the powers from the High Court to elected Bar Council of the State.” Narrating his journey of professional life as how, despite being a refugee by the dint of hard work, he had risen from a transporter’s family to a leading lawyer, Sawhney told the audience that in his college days, he worked as a truck-conductor and side by side continued his studies and became a Munsiff. He further shared that after an year, he resigned from the post of Munsiff and accepted the challenge of practicing law. He said that the only mission of his life is to see an elected Bar Council in J&K, for which he is contesting elections. He further explained how the Bar Council would function and also have its members in Bar Council of India. He said that when elections are held on regular intervals for Parliament, Assembly and even local bodies, elections to the Bar Council have not been held since 1961 despite Supreme Court’s orders. He also mentioned that how Jammu Bar has unitedly fought against the injustice to the lawyers and people of the region and state in general and reminded them of several agitations. He assured that in case, he is voted as President of Bar Association Jammu, he shall restore the glory of the Bar and leave no stone unturned for maintaining dignity of lawyers. He also highlighted various problems of young lawyers like corruption in lower rung, working problems, stress, arrogance of presiding officers, lack of library, computers and basic amenities and dignified sitting arrangements etc A K Sawhney said, “If Bar elects me as President, I will maintain its independence, integrity and will not let it to be subordinate to Bench or any other authority or institution.” He further said, “Accounts and funds of Bar would be properly audited by a prominent CA and copy of the same shall be made available on Bar website. Bar website will be built and developed as dynamic cyber property besides setting-up bar rooms in District Court and High Court complex, with internet facility.” Later, Sawhney and his team visited Kathua Courts and interacted with lawyers of Kathua informing them about their election agenda. Those who accompanied Sawhney included Aseem Sawhney, Arun Tandon, Naresh Salgotra, Neeraj Singh, Shiv Dev Thakur, Illa Sharma, Anil Sharma, Vinay Raina and Pawan Ghambir.
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