Daily Archives: 30/06/2019

Pakistan: Pakistan Bar Council announces nationwide strike on July 2

June 30, 2019

The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) on Sunday announced that the legal fraternity will observe a nationwide strike on July 2 in protest against the filing of referencec against senior Supreme Court (SC) judge, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, and the Sindh High Court’s Justice K K Agha.

The decision was conveyed by PBC Vice Chairman Syed Amjad Shah. He said lawyers across the country would hold protest meetings in their bar rooms, while lawyers’ representatives would assemble at the Supreme Court premises in Islamabad.

Shah said a meeting of the joint action committee would also be convened at the PBC office at the SC Islamabad building on the same day.

Defiant lawyers burn copies of references during protest outside SC

On June 14, lawyers from bar councils across the country staged a protest outside the SC and burned copies of the references filed against Justice Isa and Justice Agha over non-disclosure of foreign properties in their wealth statements.

Wearing black bands in solidarity with the accused judges, the Supreme Court Bar Council (SCBA) led the protest.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2003436/1-pakistan-bar-council-announces-nationwide-strike-july-2/

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/06/30/lawyers-to-take-to-streets-on-july-2/

https://www.wionews.com/world/pakistan-bar-councils-nation-wide-strike-on-july-2-to-protest-reference-against-judges-231772

Lawyers to take to streets tomorrow

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/492091-justice-faez-reference-kp-bar-council-gives-call-for-protest-on-july-2

https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-january-24-2020-pakistan/

http://pakistanbarcouncil.org/30-06-2019/

#DayoftheEndangeredLawyer

India: PIL in Supreme Court seeks uniform Security Measures in all Courts

June 29, 2019

Citizens have the right to adequate security in courts across the country, states a petition filed in the Supreme Court seeking uniform guidelines for security measures in all courts.

The petition filed by advocate Kirti Ahuja says that the plea has been made in furtherance of the right to life and safe environment guaranteed to the citizens under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. The issue requires immediate intervention of the Supreme Court, the petitioner has submitted.

“The adjudication in this Petition is concerned with the protection of life and liberty of people and property. This is a public interest petition seeking arrangement and enhancement of security measures in the district trial courts as well as in High Courts of the country.”

Besides prayer for uniform guidelines for the security measures in courts, the petitioner has also sought directions to the Centre and States to implement those guidelines. The guidelines are sought to be issued after seeking a report from the authorities on the prevalent security arrangements in District, Taluka and High Courts.

To paint a picture of the existing conditions of security measures in courts across the country, Ahuja has detailed twenty-three instances of attacks that took place in various District and High Courts in the last ten years, the latest incident being the murder of UP Bar Council’s first woman President, Darvesh Yadav. The other incidents of attacks have been against advocates, policemen, undertrial prisoners, accused persons, witnesses, and others visiting the Courts.

Violent incidents and attacks in Court premises have instilled a sense of fear among advocates, the petition avers, adding that such incidents abrogate the right to life and security of the people coming to Courts.

PIL in Supreme Court seeks uniform security measures in all Courts

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/lawyer-files-pil-in-sc-seeking-enhanced-security-measures-in-courts-145975

http://www.uniindia.com/darvesh-yadav-murder-ripples-reach-apex-court/india/news/1647004.html

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/supreme-court-declines-plea-for-cbi-probe-into-murder-of-advocate-darvesh-yadav/article28133758.ece

https://www.amarujala.com/uttar-pradesh/agra/eyewitness-inspector-have-audio-clip-of-darvesh-yadav-murder-case (HINDI)

https://www.amarujala.com/photo-gallery/uttar-pradesh/agra/statement-filed-by-eyewitness-in-darvesh-yadav-murder-case-agra (HINDI)