STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Responding to the call given by Bar Council of India, J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, on Tuesday took out a protest rally from J&K High Court Complex Janipur, Jammu to Governor’s House in support of the demands put-forth by the BCI and that of J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu. Led by B.S Slathia, Senior Advocate and President Jammu Bar Association, a large number of lawyers took part in the rally. The Bar Association, Jammu, has abstained from work in all the Courts including the High Court of J&K, Commissions and Tribunal, etc. Slathia, while addressing the protesting lawyers spoke in detail in support of the genuine demands put forth by the Bar Council of India as also the local demands of the Association which include all the Bar Associations of the Country should have, Chamber, adequate building/accommodation/sitting facilities with well equipped Libraries, e-libraries, with internet facilities, toilets etc. and separate sitting & toilet facilities for lady advocates; Budgetary allocation of Rs. 5,000 crore for lawyers and litigants’ welfare in Annual Budget of Union in order to implement following requirements; Insurance cover for the Lawyers and their families (dependents); Stipend for needy new entrants at the Bar upto 5 years of their practice (Minimum Rs. 10,000 per month); Financial protection to lawyers and their dependants in case of untimely death or incapacitation by reason of disease, accident, etc. “It was in April, 1986 that the Advocates Act, 1961 was extended to the State of Jammu and Kashmir. It provides for an elected body of J&K State Bar Council. Sadly, till date, it has not happened despite our repeated pleas and requests, besides, various directions issued by the Supreme Court of India and High Court of J&K as well to this effect. It would be only prudent to initiate the required measures to get the aforesaid Act implemented in letter and spirit and the State of J&K gets an elected body of J&K State Bar Council. Only last year, the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court had urged the Union Law Minister in writing that the strength of High Court Judges be raised from the sanctioned strength of 17 High Court Judges to 25. Unfortunately, it has not materialised till date. It is a matter of regret that the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has presently only nine Judges and eight vacancies are lying vacant. As a result, the litigant public has been suffering in this sensitive State of Jammu and Kashmir. It would be in the interest of administration of Justice if the available vacancies of High Court Judges are filled and their strength raise to 25,” Slathia said. Slathia submitted memorandum to the President of India and Prime Minister of India through His Excellency the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir State and urged for the fulfillment of the same. Slathia appealed to all the members of the legal fraternity to get united for any struggle in future, in case, the above mentioned genuine demands are not fulfilled. The Bar Associations of all the districts of Jammu province have also took out protest rallies in their respective districts and submitted their memorandum to the respective Deputy Commissioners in support of the demands of Bar Council of India for submission to the President of India and Prime Minister of India. Among those who joined the protest march include Sachin Gupta, Vice President, Prem N. Sadotram, General Secretary, Himanshu Sharma, Joint Secretary, Chetan Misri, Treasurer, Surinder Kour, Senior Advocate, former Vice President, Daljit Singh Manhas, President YLA, A.K Sawhney former President, Vikram Sharma, former General Secretary, Pardeep Majotra, former Vice President YLA, Ajat Shatru Sharma, former Vice President, Kathua District Bar Association, besides, C.M Sharma, Ravinder Sharma, B.R. Chandan, Ajay Sharma, Sarfarz Rather, Pawan Manni, former Gen, Secy, Srishti Paul Mengi, Sandeep Singh, Rajesh Kotwal, Rupinder Singh, S.H. Ashrafi, Monish Chopra, Rohit Bhagat, Mohd Shabir, Vinod Bakshi, Ajay Abrol, Piyush Gupta, Suresh Chander Sharma, J.P. Nanda, Ashwani Khajuria, Bindusaar Abrol, Abhishek Wazir, Surjit Singh Andotra, Nitin Bakshi, Aman Dev Singh, Arun Kandroo, Deepak Basak, Jasbir Jasrotia, Bhanu Singh Bandral, Azhar Khan, Mr.Aman Mahajan, Manik Gupta, Gurdev Singh Thakur, Amit Manhas, Harmit Mehta, Arvind Khajuria, Mohinder Singh Palli, Ajay Kotwal, Rakesh Sharma, Ravi Dogra, Birjesh Badyal, Bhanu Jasrotia, Varun Kotwal, Ghara Kumar, Atul Raina, Pardeep Gupta, Kamal Magotra, Arujun Singh Manhas, Rohan Singh, Dharmavir Khajuria, Ajay Kumar Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Sushil Chandel, Suraj Singh, Amit Sharma, Sahil Anand. sheesh Kant Sharma, Sushant Samnotra, Pulkit Churango, Virkaran Choudhary, Abhishek Dogra, Anjit Sarkaria, Sachin Dev Singh, Rajiv Chargotra, Kunal Kohli, Arjun Singh Manhas, Sorabh Dewan, Vikas, Divya Ishan and Suraj Padha also participated in the protest rally.
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