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JAMMU: The Jammu High Court Bar Association (JHCBA) on Monday resumed work after staying away from courts for 12 days in support of various demands including handing over the Kathua rape and murder case to CBI and deportation of illegally settled Rohingyas.
The decision to resume work was taken at a general house meeting of the JHCBA held under the chairmanship of its president B S Slathia here.
The general house decided to temporarily suspend the agitation, responding to the appeal of Bar Council of India (BCI), and the Supreme Court taking cognisance of the issue (Kathua rape and murder case), Slathia said.
The JHCBA went on a four-day strike initially on April 4 in support of four demands, which included clarity from the government on tribal affairs and district status to Nowshera sub-division in Rajouri district. It later extended the strike till April 17.
The JHCBA also sponsored a general strike in Jammu on April 11 but faced severe criticism from various quarters.
Slathia, however, said the bar would continue its agitation over only two issues deportation of Rohingyas and clarity on tribal affairs.
We will continue our agitation on two issues. We have only changed the mode of the agitation. We will continue our professional duties but simultaneously hold Dharnas (sit-ins) and candle marches to make people aware about our demands to ensure early deportation of Rohingyas, he said.
Slathia also criticized the role of the national media in portraying the agitation in favour of the accused in the Rassana rape and murder case. He declared that the Jammu region is facing a serious existential crisis which is under a threat of demographic change for which not only the members of the Association but all the Civil Society have to be united in this behalf. He further highlighted many other issues which are a challenge to the society of Jammu which has always been secular, nationalist and patriotic.
Sunil Sethi, Senior Advocate and K.S Johal Senior Advocates and Rajinder Jamwal Advocate also shared their valuable views.
Sachin Gupta, Vice President, Prem Sadotra, General Secretary, Himanshu Sharma, Joint Secretary, Chetan Misri, Treasurer, Daljeet Singh Manhas, President Young Lawyers Association, Vice President Pardeep Majotra, Surinder Kour, Gagan Basotra, Rahul Pant, Usman Salaria, Radha Sharma, Pawan Mani, Ravinder Sharma, C.M Sharma, Meenu Koul, D.S Chouhan, Ajay Sharma, J.P Nanda, Sumeshwar Kohli, Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Rajesh Jaitley, Vikram Sharma, Baldev Singh (Senior), B.K Bhat, Arvind Khajuria, Rajesh Thappa, Umesh Sharma, Atul Raina, Nitin Bakshi, Kamal Mangotra, Manjeet Partap Singh, Manjeet Singh, Hunar Gupta, M.P Singh Pali, Dewakar Sharma, Vinod Sharma, Meharwan Singh, Rakesh Chargotra, Monish Chopra, Vishal Sharma, Ajay Bakshi, Ankur Sharma, Daleep Bhan , Rajesh Verma, Dinesh Verma, Vilakshan Singh, Pawan Kundal, Raghuvir Singh Sadhyal, Anuj Malhotra, Rajnish Raina, Vivek Sharma, Asheesh Sharma, Ravinder Singh Chib, Baldev Singh (Jr), Anil Khajuria, Ajay Singh Manhas, Pawan Khajuria, Rohit Bhagat, Adarsh Kumar, Primokash Seth, Surjeet Singh Andotra, Vikas Pankaj, Gurdev Singh Thakur, Sunny Mahajan, Abhishek Wazir, Vikas Suri, Nittan Gupta, Vikush Anand, Rahul Sharma, Pawan Khajuria, Vikrant Sharma, Amir Awan, Vinod Saini, Sachin Dev Singh, Gaurav Jamwal, Jasvir Jasrotia, Deepak Baloria, Divya Ishan, Karan Sharma, Nitin Sambyal, Rohit Gupta, Rohit Kotwal, Vikram Pangotra, Alok Bamboo, Ankur Sharma, Rishi Gupta, Sanjeev Kumar, Rajiv Sharma, Rajiv, Roshan Choudhary, Arun Sharma, Rohit Lega, Arun Tandon, Shailender, Arjun Singh Manhas, Varun Kotwal, Vikram Rathore, Charanjit Singh, Navish Andotra, Vishal Tandon, Deepali Sharma, Ripu Daman, Amit Chadda, Binny Sharma, Harmit Kumar,Mukesh Kumar Sharma, Lakhan Kumar Anil Bhan, Rakesh Sharma, Kuldip Singh Chib, Mandeep Singh, Virender Dev, Sarwesh Gupta, Sheetal Kumar, Satya Jeet, Sorav Vyas, Sidharth Khajuria, Arun Kandroo, Ashish Kant Sharma, Kunal Kohli, Sanjeev Kohli, Jyoti Sharma, Manjeet Singh Sarkaria, Dilbagh Singh, Sheran Mirza, Rahul Verma, Ashwani Sharma, Vikram Thakur, Susheel Chandel, Bhanu Partap Singh, Bhavishya Sudan, Arun Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Gagan Deep Sharma, Prithvi Singh, Raman Kumar, Pushvinder Singh, Natwar Singh Drora, Sahil Sharma, Randhir Kumar, Achyut Dubey, Adarsh Kumar, Arvind Singh Jalmeria and Arjun Mengi were also present.
The BCI on Sunday asked the Jammu and Kathua Bar associations to call off their strike and decided to send a five-member team headed by a former High Court Chief Justice to investigate the alleged incident of misconduct on part of the lawyers there in connection with the Kathua rape-murder case.
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