May 4, 2018
Concerned over four incidents of alleged police atrocities in a row on advocates in various districts of Jharkhand, the Advocates’ Association of Jharkhand High Court has decided to abstain from all court work on Friday to show their solidarity to the decisions already taken by other District Bar Associations in the State.
General Secretary of Advocate’s Association Hemant Kumar Shikarwar said that a memorandum will also be handed over to Governor Droupadi Murmu, Chief Minister Raghubar Das and Acting Chief Justice DN Patel demanding immediate action against the erring officials.
Shikarwar said that the decision was taken through a resolution taken during a general body meeting of Advocate’s Association as a token protest for one day demanding provisions of taking prior approval from the Bar Council or the Advocate’s Association before lodging any FIR against any lawyer in the State on the lines of Cabinet decision taken by Haryana and Punjab High Government.
“We will press our demands for provision of lawyers in the State on the line of Haryana and Punjab where the cabinet gave its approval for taking prior approval from the Bar Council or Advocate’s Association before lodging any FIR against the lawyers,” said Shikarwar.
Incidentally, lawyer Ashish Dubey has alleged that he was was brutally beaten up by the police on Monday evening for taking video of the efforts being made by the police personnel to take out the vehicle of SP from heavy traffic and was later taken into custody but was later released after pressure was mounted by the Advocate’s Association. Similarly, Ranjeet Giri and Ashwini Kumar were allegedly thrashed brutally in Bokaro and Dhanbad respectively by local police for trivial issues.