Kathua Bar strike enters 16th day, advocates warn PM, LG

Bar Association members protesting at Kathua on Friday.
Bar Association members protesting at Kathua on Friday.

Excelsior Correspondent
KATHUA, Nov 22: The work remained suspended for the 16th consecutive working day from November 1 in the District & Session Court Kathua including all other subordinate courts of the entire district Kathua and complete shutdown was observed by District Bar Association Kathua in support of J&K High Court Bar Association Jammu opposing the withdrawing of registration powers from Judicial officers and given to already overburdened revenue officers.
The members of the District Bar Association, Kathua are also sitting continuously on a massive dharna in the premises of District & Sessions Court Kathua from the last 21 days led by president of District Bar Association Kathua, advocate Ajat Shatru Sharma. The members also agitated against the decision of J&K UT Government in one voice for transfer of registration powers to already over-burdened revenue officers.
While addressing the gathering Advocate Ajat Shatru Sharma said that the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu with the support of other sister bar associations is fighting for the public cause as general public is most likely to be affected by this hasty decision of diversion of registration powers by the Government. The Bar J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu started mobilization of civil society and on the similar pattern District Bar Association Kathua is also going to call a civil society meeting in coming days.
The adamant attitude of the J&K UT Government towards lawyers of Jammu province is actually adding fuel to the fire like last big AIIMS agitation of 2014 & Amarnath land row of 2008. He warned the J&K UT Government to be ready to face heat generated from the strong protest against the Lt. Governor administration in the whole Jammu province on the issue of wrong decision of the Government of transferring of registration powers in a very hasty manner. The Lt. Governor and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has to pay the price for this act. It is no doubt that Prime Minister wanted peace and development in J&K but being a head of nation and top leader of BJP and the wrong decision of the Lt. Governor is indirectly reducing his impact on public of Jammu province in general and among the lawyers of Jammu province in particular, he added.
Ajat Shatru Sharma reiterated his appeal to Lt. Governor G.C. Murmu to invite the representatives of J&K High Court Bar Association Jammu and other sisters Bars for resolving the matter amicably otherwise if lawyers protest turned violent then he be held liable as head of J&K UT.