Lawyers stage protest against amendment
IMPHAL | Apr 21
In solidarity to the nation-wide protest of the legal fraternity against Government of India’s proposal of to pass the Advocates (Amendment) Bill 2017, the legal fraternity of the state as a mark of protest burned the amendment copies.
Members of All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA) led by its president H Chandrajit Sharma, gathered in front of Uripok Cheirap Court complex and burned the amendment copies.
Similar protest was also carried out by the members of the High Court Bar Association of Manipur today.
During the protest, the lawyer shouted slogans saying ‘we object Advocates (Amendment) Bill 2017’, Long live Lawyers fraternity’, ‘We demand professional safeguards and protection’ and “we condemned the advocates Act amendment Bill, 2017”, among others.
According to Advocate A Jagjit Singh, if the amendment is made and converted into an act it will endanger the status and condition of the lawyers.
Jagjit said the amendment will pave way for foreign lawyers and firms into the country which may affect the local lawyers.
“If the clients lodge complaints against the lawyers conduct, an enquiry team will be constituted and if the allegations are found to be true there will be compensation of Rs. 3 lakhs. Moreover, the member of the enquiry committee legal background”, he asserted.
The Law Commission has recommended action against striking lawyers and allowing entry of foreign lawyers and law firms, among other changes, in the proposed Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
Upset with the move the Bar Council of India (BCI) called on the legal fraternity in the country staged widespread protest against the government’s decision to remove professional safeguards and protection of the lawyers in the new Advocates Amendment 2017 released by the Law Commission of India under the Report 266.
The protest has started since March 31 by abstaining court work. The second phase was having a meeting on 16 April to find out the aim and objectives of their struggle.
He said this is the third stage today burning the Law Commission of India Report 266 and abstaining work after lunch break.
A memorandum was also submitted to the Union Law Minister through the Governor of Manipur later in the day.
Jagjit Singh further informed that if the authority concerned fails to address the issue till May 1 another protest will be staged at Patiala House Court Complex to Rajghat in New Delhi on May 2nd by Bar Association of India.