IN ORDER to press for the demand of implementation of Advocates Protection Act, thousands of advocates, on Friday abstained from court work. They did not attend courts which cause inconvenience to litigants. Advocates across the State observed Prativad Diwas on the call of State Bar Council. Otherwise crowded with lawyers and litigants, the District and other courts wore a deserted look due to no work strike of advocates. Advocates also submitted memorandum for immediate arrest and severe punishment to killer of Advocate Yuvraj Singh in Mandsaur and also demanded implementation of Advocate Protection Act at the earliest.
Senior office-bearers of State Bar Council and District Bar Council including President Sudhir Nayak, Secretary Rajesh Tiwari and others said that authorities concerned should immediately enforce strong Advocate Protection Act. They said advocates do not expect formality in the name of the Act but want a strong act which could ensure safety of lawyers.
Expressing great displeasure over relaxed attitude of State Government in implementing the Act, senior office-bearers of Bar Associations demanded the Chief Minister to enforce the Act without any delay.
The Bar Association members said advocates have been fighting for their rights since 2012. They said till 2018, BJP Government was giving assurances and now Congress is doing the same. They said advocates will not tolerate further dilly-dallying on the part of the Government. If the Act is not passed and enforced during Winter Session of the State Assembly, advocates will take to streets and stage massive protest. They will also stage demonstration on arrival of any State Minister in the city. Senior office-bearers of Bar Associations present on the occasion were Manju Singh, H R Naidu, Gyan Prakash Tripathi, Gopal Patel, Amit Kumar Sahu, Jyoti Kureel, Ajay Dubey, Pradeep Parsai, Madhu Rana and others.