Supreme Court has on Friday directed petitioner seeking directions for enacting Advocates Protection Act for protection of Advocates in India, to make a representation to the Law Ministry.
A three-judge Bench of CJI Bobde, Justice Bopanna and Justice Ramasubramanian granted the petitioner liberty to withdraw the plea and approach the Law Ministry regarding enactment of Advocate Protection Act.
The Act is being sought after Telangana lawyer couple Advocates Gattu Vaman Rao and his wife PV Nagamani were murdered in broad daylight.
During the hearing, Advocate Sai Deepak appeared for petitioner. "Make a representation to the Law Ministry. We cannot do anything." CJI said
In the present plea, the petitioner sought directions to the Ministry of Law and Bar Council of India to enact Advocate Protection Act. It has been argued that the respondents have infringed petitioner's fundamental rights under Article 14,19 1(g) and 21 of the Indian Constitution and Section 30 of the Advocates Act.
The plea stated that currently there is no Advocate Protection Act for protection of advocates in India and a demand for a law for their protection was made through a countrywide strike by the Advocates earlier.
Further, the plea said that even currently the Advocates are protesting for Advocate Protection Act, due to brutal murder in day light of the Telangana lawyer couple Advocates Gattu Vaman Rao and his wife PV Nagamani.
The plea argued that in recent times, incidents like murder and assault against advocates have increased, and one of the main reasons for such continuous attacks is the absence of the Advocate Protection Act.