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Jaipur: Lawyers’ strike likely to end soon as Rajasthan govt ready to table protection bill

Rajasthan government has assured the advocates that the bill will be placed in the assembly session on March 15 and passed on March 21.

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March 9, 2023, 6:55 pm

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Lawyers' strike in Jaipur.

JAIPUR: The advocates in Rajasthan have been protesting for their demand for the Advocates Protection Act, and it seems that their movement might soon come to an end.

On Thursday, a committee formed by the state government held talks with the office bearers of the Bar Association in the conference hall of the secretariat located in Jaipur, with Law Minister Shanti Dhariwal presiding over the meeting through VC. Water Supply Minister Mahesh Joshi, Food Minister Pratap Singh Khachariawas, and departmental officers were also present in the meeting.

The meeting was attended by the office bearers of Rajasthan High Court Bar Association Jaipur, The Bar Association Jaipur, and The District Advocates Bar Association Jaipur, while the representatives from Jodhpur joined through VC. According to Kamal Kishore Sharma, the President of Bar Association Jaipur, the members of the committee constituted by the state government said that while the Advocates Protection Act is being demanded by the advocates, journalists, doctors, or people associated with other fields will also pressurize the government to bring the act.

On behalf of the advocates, a demand was made to enact the law in this session of the Vidhan Sabha regarding the incidents of attacks on the advocate class in the state.

After discussions from both sides, the state government has assured the advocates that the bill will be placed in the assembly session on March 15 and passed on March 21. This has brought happiness to the advocates, and they will now take a decision in the meeting of the committee regarding the boycott of judicial work and the proposed assembly gherao program on March 13.

The officials of the Bar Association have also confirmed that during the talks with the state government, assurance was given to keep the bill in the assembly session on March 15 and pass the bill on March 21. This positive development is expected to bring an end to the protests and movements by the advocates in Rajasthan.

First published: March 9, 2023