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Legal fraternity divided over CrPC amendment

Confusion prevails among lawyers all over the state as Federation of Bar Associations of North India has opposed the amendments in the CrPC Act while the Bar Council of India has not.

Written by Tarun Nangia | Pune |
February 3, 2009 3:25:18 am

Confusion prevails among lawyers all over the state as Federation of Bar Associations of North India (FBANI) has opposed the amendments in the CrPC Act while the Bar Council of India has not.

Endorsing the view of FBANI,Vinayak Abhyankar,former president of the Pune Bar Association said, “We oppose the amendment,which takes away the powers of the police to arrest in cases of alleged offences which carry a maximum sentence up to seven years imprisonment and request the government to drop it.”

On Monday evening,Abhyankar and his associates put up posters issued by the FBANI in the District court premises to educate lawyers and public on the social problems that the amendments would cause.

Rajendra Raghuvanshi,member,Bar Council of India (BCI) said,“The BCI of Maharashtra and Goa are meeting on the February 6 and 7 and the issue of amendments would be discussed.”

“The BCI and Bar council of the states are the statutory bodies established under the Advocates Act of 1961 who can oppose the amendments and not the Federation of the Bar Association of North India.

The advocates of Maharashtra are bound by the state bar council which gives them the license to practice,” said advocate Sureshchandra Bhosale,member (ex -chairman),Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa.

“The CrPC amendment bill had been debated for more than two years during which opinions of the respective state bar councils were sought. The bill was assented by the President on January 18 and has turned into a law now. Earlier,there was no dissent among the lawyers of the Bar Council of Pune regarding this. I don’t understand how all of a sudden some lawyers from Pune started opposing the amendments.” Bhosale added.

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