According to an official release issued by the Bar Council of India, a BCI delegation will meet Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday, and hand him a copy of the memorandum.
“However, based on the assurances given by the Government of India, the Bar Council of India is very hopeful that such a situation will not arise and the impasse/deadlock shall be resolved by our Hon’ble Union Law Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad very soon, as he himself is a very renowned Senior Advocate of the country and he has always supported the Advocates,” the release states.
It goes on to list the contentious amendments, and opines that the Bill is, on all counts, “utterly regressive”, and that “its right place is not parliament but a dustbin.” It further reiterates its action plan, which it had proposed earlier this month to oppose the recommendations.
The release lists down following points of conflict:
Protests against the LCI proposals
The BCI had earlier called for a nation-wide protest on March 31 against the Law Commission of India’s suggestions to the Central Government for drastic changes to the Advocates Act, 1961. The 266th report of the Law Commission of India titled ‘The Advocates Act, 1961 (Regulation of Legal Profession)’ had emphasized on the need for reviewing Regulatory Mechanism and Regulatory bodies etc., and recommended comprehensive amendments in the Advocates Act. The Commission had also submitted a draft of Advocate (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
The LCI report had made reference to the verdict in the case of Mahipal Singh Rana v. State of Uttar Pradesh, wherein the Apex Court had observed that there is an urgent need to review the provisions of the Advocates Act dealing with regulatory mechanism for the legal profession. The three Judge Bench comprising Justice Anil R. Dave, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel had then requested the Law Commission and the Centre to take appropriate steps in this regard.