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District courts’ Bar Associations on strike today

All district courts’ Bar Associations here have decided to observe a day-long strike on Tuesday to protest against “the government’s indifference” towards their demand for withdrawal of the recent CrPC amendments.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
February 17, 2009 12:53:42 am

All district courts’ Bar Associations here have decided to observe a day-long strike on Tuesday to protest against “the government’s indifference” towards their demand for withdrawal of the recent CrPC amendments.

According to Delhi Bar Association President Rajiv Khosla,the members decided to strike work on Tuesday,in order to “warn the authorities and also give them time to come up with a solution to the problem.”

Wary of further inaction on the government’s part,the bar members,meanwhile,also announced a subsequent All India strike on February 18 if the central authority fails to respond.

“The federation is disappointed with the callous attitude of the government. Despite numerous representations made by the Bar Association and observing of three strikes,no statement has been made,” said Khosla.

He added: “If we do not get a response from the government by Tuesday evening,we will go on with our previous plan of the All India strike and demonstration on February 18.”

Khosla minced no words in warning that the Bar Associations were also considering an “indefinite strike” incase their problems are not tackled.

The association members have also decided to hold a demonstration at the Parliament house besides the All India strike to protest against the recent amendments in Sections 41 and 309 of the CrPC,which they say,does away with the “deterrence effect of arrests” and may result in an increased crime rate.

Granted the President’s assent last month,the amendment in Section 41 of the CrPC lays down conditions on the police officer for arresting an accused in cases carrying seven years’ imprisonment. It states that the police officer may,instead of arresting the person concerned,issue a notice of appearance,asking him to cooperate with the police in the probe. The advocates are also opposing the Limited Liability Partnership Bill,claiming it will allow backdoor entry of foreign lawyers.

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