Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association calls strike

JKHBA has called a strike in all courts against the state govt`s reported willingness to amend the CrPC.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar
Association (JKHBA) has called a strike in all courts on
Thursday against the state government`s reported willingness
to amend the Criminal Procedure Code to provide protection to
armed forces personnel ahead of revocation of AFSPA from parts
of the state.

The decision to go on strike on December 1 was taken at a
General body meeting of the JKHBA presided by its President
Mian Abdul Qayoom here, sources in the lawyers body said on Tuesday.

On November 23, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah had, in his efforts to allay the fears of armed
forces, said the state government could consider restoring two
provisions of CrPC to make them applicable to the state so
that security forces have legal protection.

"They (security forces) have pointed out that in all
other states of the country, army and para-military enjoys
protection under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which is
not applicable in Jammu and Kashmir," Omar had said adding his
government may include the omitted sections of CrPC to make
the law on par with the rest of country.

The sources said the lawyers would stay away from
courts on the day of strike, also to press for restoration of
lawyers quota in High Court judges.

They said JKHBA also demanded restoration of
registration powers to the courts instead of revenue


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