Lawyers across Bihar abstained from work after lunch hour today and burnt copies of Law Commission recommendation and a proposed bill that bars advocates from holding agitation and makes them liable to compensate litigants if they go on strike. Lawyers of Patna High Court, district and other courts and tribunals burnt copies of the law panel's recommendations and the Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The lawyers also abstained from their work after lunch hours. "We burnt copies of the recommendations in front of the High Court after lunch hour.
We will continue our agitation till the proposed amendments are withdrawn by the Central government," senior High Court advocate Yogesh Chandra Verma told PTI. "If the government does not withdraw the draconian and undemocratic recommendations, we may think of going on an indefinite strike," said Verma, a member of the extended body of state bar council. Verma said that a delegation of lawyers would meet Governor Ram Nath Kovind and hand over him a memorandum demanding withdrawal of the Law Commission's recommendations. As per the Bill, lawyers would be required to pay compensation to clients in case they go on strikes, abstinence or fail to appear in cases (even for genuine reasons). Lawyers across the state had also abstained from work on March 31 to protest against the recommendations on the call given by the Bar Council of India.
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