Lawyers boycott meeting with Aus delegation
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 22:13
Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad Bar Association (ABA) today boycotted meeting with an Australian delegation in protest against racial attacks on Indians in that country.

The Australian delegation, comprising five federal judges and two academicians, was supposed to have an interactive session with law fraternity here as part of Indo-Australian judicial exchange programme.

"When Indians are being beaten up and killed in Australia everyday and yet nobody has been convicted in any of the cases, why have they (Australian delegation) come here to observe our judicial system," ABA vice-president Parag Gandhi said.

"They should first go and improve their judicial system and then come here," Gandhi said.

"We boycotted the meeting and interaction with them as a sign of protest," he added.

Judges of Federal Court of Australia Justices Annabelle Bennet, Bruce Lander, Andrew Greenwood, Judge Flower of Family Court, Judge Reg Blanch of district court and academicians Prof Adriene Stone of Melbourne University and Hannah Clau-Saunders were part of the delegation.

The delegation is supposed to be visiting local courts and participate in workshops at various places in India.

Indo-Australian Exchange Programme is an initiative by National Judicial Academy and the Australia Federal Court on "Protecting Rights and Improving Access to Justice".


First Published: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 22:13

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