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Rajasthan BJP to support advocates protection bill in assembly; wary lawyers extend strike

The state government had promised that it would get the bill enacted on March 21 .

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March 11, 2023, 11:06 am

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Lawyers' strike in Jaipur.

JAIPUR: The boycott of judicial work, which began in Jaipur and across the state on February 20, demanding the implementation of the Advocates Protection Act in Rajasthan, will continue until the passing of the bill in the assembly on March 21. 

The state government had promised that it would get the bill enacted on March 21 and appealed to the lawyers to return to work, but wary advocates associations are not taking any chances this time. 

The decision was made with the consent of all the bar associations of the state in a meeting held at The Bar Association Jaipur and Jodhpur on Friday. After meeting the cabinet ministers on Thursday, the committee has however postponed the assembly gherao that was supposed to take place on March 13.

Kamal Kishore Sharma, the State’s Sangharsh Samiti’s Chief Convener and President of The Bar Association Jaipur, and General Secretary Manoj Sharma stated that representatives of the lawyers of Jodhpur and Jaipur had a meeting with Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal and other ministers on Thursday. 

The state government agreed to present the Advocates Protection Bill in the Vidhansabha on March 15 and pass it on March 21, he said. 

In light of the state government’s positive attitude towards the Advocates Protection Act, the lawyers have postponed the assembly gherao scheduled for March 13. If the state government fails to pass the bill on March 21, then the Sangharsh Samiti will decide on the outline of the joint movement, and the judicial work in the court will be postponed.

Furthermore, BJP state president Satish Poonia said during a program of lawyers in the sessions court premises that he had raised this issue before the assembly session began. Whenever the state government brings the bill for the protection of lawyers, they will cooperate fully in getting it passed.

During this, BCR co-chairman and state co-convenor of BJP legal cell Bhuvnesh Sharma, former president of The Bar Association Jaipur Subhash Khandelwal and Subodh Sharma, former general secretary Sandeep Luhadia, advocate Vikas Somani, and other advocates were present.

First published: March 11, 2023