STATE TIMES NEWS Jammu: Prof Bhim Singh, Senior Executive Member, Supreme Court Bar Association on Saturday presented a strong appeal to the Chairman, Bar Council of India in New Delhi urging for the extension/application of Bar Council of India Act in respect of all the advocates in J&K where this Act has not been applied till this date. A Division Bench of the Supreme Court of India headed by Chief Justice of India, Tirath Singh Thakur had directed the High Court of J&K to hold elections for the Bar Council of J&K in its judgement on October 12, 2017. The petition was filed by Prof Bhim Singh, Senior Advocate. This judgment of the Supreme Court had not been implemented by the J&K High Court till day. “I would like to bring our concern to the notice of the Bar Council of India that J&K has not been included in the list of Bar Councils of the States. J&K has created so-called Bar Council headed by the Chief Justice of J&K High Court with the High Court Judges as the members of the J&K Bar Council. There could be no reason or justification to deprive the advocates in J&K of their fundamental right to elect and constitute the Bar Council in the State as is being constituted in other states of the country. I have been agitating this issue for the past 48 years without any response either from the Government of India or from the Bar Council of India. This Act on the part of the Government of India or Bar Council of India amounts to discrimination with the entire lawyers’ fraternity of J&K,” Bhim Singh said in a letter addressed to Chairman of Bar Council of India. “May, I urge the President and the Members of the Bar Council of India to take steps to end 48 years’ old discrimination with the lawyers’ fraternity in J&K. Let the so-called Bar Council of J&K be replaced by an elected Bar Council for constitutional integration of J&K with the rest of the country. The steps must be taken to hold elections in accordance with the Advocates Act (as amended) for the Bar Council of J&K,” he added.
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