December 13, 2017
ON THE call of State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh, advocates abstained from work on Tuesday and staged demonstration and dharna to press for their demand to bring Advocate Protection Act. In the State-wide strike, advocates abstained from work right from Tehsil level court to High Court. On the call of State Bar Council, advocates observed ‘Prativad Diwas’. Advocates staged demonstration in MPHC premises and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Lawyers protesting on Tuesday said that in Adhivakta Mahapanchayat called by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan five years ago various declerations were made by him for welfare of advocates fraternity including enactment of Advocates Protection Act. But even after passing long time, the Government has initiated period of five years no concrete step has been taken as a result number of incidents of attack on lawyers are on the rise in the State.
In past years in various incidents of attacks on lawyers many advocates lost their lives. Recently, in a brutal attack, an Advocate was killed in Bhopal, while another Advocate was attacked in Rewa recently. An eminent office-bearer of Madhya Pradesh State Bar Council R K Singh Saini while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said that advocates are aggrieved with rising attacks on advocates in the State and continuous ignorance towards enactment of Advocates Protection Act in the State have observed Prativad Diwas on Tuesday. Across the State, around 87,000 advocates abstained from work right from Tehsil courts to High Court. Advocate Saini added that recently during visit of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Madhya Pradesh High Court in a programme of High Court Senior Advocates Bar Association the issue was discussed with the Chief Minister.