Friday, February 6, 2009

Lawyers Protest against CrPC Amendments

Complete strike was observed by the lawyers of all five district courts and tribunals in the national capital today in consonance with their counterparts across the country to demand withdrawal of amendments in the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).Federation of Bar Association of India along with members of Bar associations of 18 neighbouring states joined the strike which was initiated to protest against the recent amendments in the Criminal procedures code (CrPc) which prohibits any arrest in the cases which are punishable with or up to seven years of imprisonment.Paralysing the work for the third time in last twenty days, the strike led the courts to adjourned the matters to the next date, leaving the litigants on their own mercy.Thousands of lawyers waived black flags during the protest march, which was held at the India Gate.A bike rally started from Patiala House at 1500 hrs and after taking two rounds of the India gate it terminated, calling the amendments anti public and anti society.Spokesperson of the Coordination Committee of all Bar Association Rajiv Khosla said the amendments would remove fear from the mind of criminals because the discretion of the arrest rested with the police officer empowering him further. ‘This will increase corruption and criminals will be benefited,’ he added.Advocates of Delhi and neighbouring areas -- Faridabad, Gurgoan, Ghaziabad, Noida, Moradabad, Hissar, Bulandshahr and Alwar also joined the strike.Another strike will be observed on February 18.UNI

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