KATHUA, Nov 20: The work remained suspended for the 14th consecutive working day in the District & Sessions Court Kathua including all other subordinate courts of the district Kathua and complete shutdown was observed by District Bar Association Kathua in support of J&K High Court Bar Association Jammu in protest against withdrawing of registration powers from Judicial officers and giving to already overburdened revenue authorities in addition to their already assigned duties.
The members of the Bar Association also sit on a massive dharna which was observed in the premises of District & Sessions Court, Kathua by members of District Bar Association Kathua for the 14th consecutive working day led by president of District Bar Association Kathua, Advocate Ajat Shatru Sharma. The members in one voice agitated against the decision of Government to transfer registration. The members also protested against the decision of Lt. Governor Administration of J&K and gave the ultimatum to J&K UT Administration and Union Home Minister to immediately revoke the order and give back the registration powers to Judicial officers otherwise if the peaceful protest turned violent the Bar or advocates will not be liable.
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 not for only Advocates of J&K UT. The above decision of diverting of powers will increase the problems of the public in registration works. J&K Government is indirectly provoking the Lawyers and Bar Associations to intensify their protest as till date the peaceful agitation of lawyers have failed to convince the UT Government. That was the reason Lt. Governor did not invite the J&K High Court Bar Association Jammu and heads of other sister Bar Associations for talks to redress their grievances and demanded as they are on protest for the last 19 days and people are facing problems in getting justice and registration works.
He also appealed to Lt. Governor Girish Chandra Murmu, Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and Union Minister from J&K UT and local MP from Kathua-Udhampur Dr. Jitendra Singh to resolve the matter as soon as possible by inviting the representatives of Bar Associations.