STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The work in High Court Jammu Wing as well as District Courts Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Udhampur, Hiranagar, Akhnoor, Ramban, Nowshera, Sunderbani, Reasi, Katra, Bhadarwah, Rajouri and Poonch remain affected as the advocates are on strike against divesting of registration powers from Judicial Officers to Revenue Department and shifting of High Court from Janipur to Raika Bahu. However, on the invitation of Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice, office bearers of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Jammu (JKHCBAJ) including Abhinav Sharma, President, Rohit Bhagat, Vice President, Abhishek Wazir, General Secretary, Pardeep Majotra, Joint Secretary and Sushant Samnotra, Treasurer along with Senior Advocates L.K. Sharma, V.R. Wazir, U.K. Jalali, Sunil Sethi, R.K. Gupta and Surinder Kour along with other Advocates D.K. Khajuria, D.S. Saini, Ved Bhushan Gupta, S.K. Raina, Rajesh Chargotra, President YLA Nitin Bakshi, former President YLA, M.P. Singh (Palli), Daljeet Singh Manhas, Vivek Sharma and Gurjit Singh Wazir held a detailed deliberation in presence of Advocate General D.C. Raina, Sr. Adv. In the meeting which lasted for about one and half hours, two issues i.e. shifting of powers of registration of documents from Judicial Magistrate to the Revenue authorities and proposed shifting of J&K High Court Complex from Janipur to Raika were discussed, as was mandated by the resolution of General House of JKHCBAJ held on November 1, 2019.
JKHCBAJ is on indefinite strike on these two issues since November 1, 2019 and the Advocates have suspended work in all the courts including J&K High Court, District Courts, Subordinate Courts and all other Tribunals including Armed Forces Tribunal and Revenue Courts. During the detailed discussions, the senior members of the Bar and office bearers informed the Chief Justice about the difficulties and consequences being faced by the public as well as lawyers fraternity on account of shifting of registration work outside the purview of the judiciary/ court complex.
The members of the Bar and office bearers also opposed the shifting of the High Court complex from Janipur Jammu to Raika. The senior members present in the meeting projected their individual view points in the interest of the members of the Bar in general and junior members of the Bar in particular so that they are not deprived of their livelihood and their sustainability which they are getting from the registration work.
Chief Justice assured the members that genuine grievances of the lawyers fraternity and particularly young lawyers will be seriously and effectively considered and also informed that as on date there is no formal decision of shifting of the J&K High Court Complex from Janipur to Raika.
After threadbare discussions it was decided that the 2nd round of meeting is likely to be held on November 13, 2019, in order to discuss the further course of action.
It is imperative that the Chief Justice asked the members present in the meeting to submit their charter of demands in addition to two main demands i.e. Location of Central Administrative Tribunal and other Tribunals including the authorities under the Motor Vehicle Act.
It is relevant to mention here that there is no change in indefinite agitation of the Bar which will continue till the general demands are fulfilled and JKHCBAJ is thankful to the sister Bars for their unflinching support on these genuine issues/ demands i.e. Bar Associations, Kathua, Samba, Udhampur, Hiranagar, Akhnoor, Ramban, Nowshera, Sunderbani, Reasi, Katra, Bhaderwah , Rajouri and Poonch.
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