The Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) has unanimously resolved to fully support the Bar Council of India (BCI), which had called on the Bar Associations throughout the country to participate in a nationwide demonstration to be held some time in October this year, to protest against issues ranging from their right to call for strikes and their demand for insurance, medi-claim, pension, stipend and other welfare measures for lawyers.
In a meeting held on 7 September, BCD also resolved to nominate Mr. Rajiv Khosla, former President of the Delhi Bar Association, as the coordinator to concert with the Bar Associations of Delhi, NCR and the Coordination Committee.
It further authorised its Chairman, Mr. KC Mittal to constitute a State Steering Committee in consultation with a BCI member, and to participate in an awareness drive for lawyers, as envisioned by the BCI.
The BCI had earlier this month, directed every Bar Association of the country to meet at their respective headquarters and organise an awareness drive among the legal fraternity. A resolution, passed in a joint meeting of the BCI with the representatives of all State Bar Councils, Delhi High Court Bar Associations, and District Bar Associations of Delhi and NCR, provided the following agenda for these meetings:
During the meetings directed to be convened, the BCI asked such Bar Associations to acquaint the lawyers with the Supreme Court judgment, alleging that the judgment was passed “in order to shut mouth of the leaders of the lawyers in order to directly or indirectly help the Government in passing the anti-lawyers legislatures (sic)”.
The next step, it had said, should be passing of a resolution asserting the rights of the lawyers, and the handing over of such resolution to the Chief Minister and the government. The resolution had also been directed to be highlighted in the media by holding a press conference.
Calling for a “nationwide agitation”, it had then directed the formation of two steering committees— a 21 member Central Steering Committee and a 15 member State Steering Committee.
The Central Steering Committee is expected to comprise of members of the Delhi Bar Council, Bar Associations Coordination Committees and representatives of the State Bar Council. A demonstration from the Supreme Court to the Parliament is on the cards. The second Committee will be formed by the State Bar Council in consultation with BCI members, in order to steer the agitation.
The resolution had also proposed that:
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