New Delhi: Lawyers across India refrained from work today, challenging a proposed bill that bars advocates from holding agitation and makes them liable to compensate litigants if they go on strike.
The Bar Council of India (BCI), the top body of advocates, has given a call for the nationwide protest; saying the recommendations by the Law Commission in the Advocates Act was “draconian, anti-lawyer, unconstitutional, undemocratic and anti-people”.
BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said, lawyers practicing in the apex court have been kept out of the agitation, but they will show their solidarity with the protesting advocates by tying white bands on their arms.
Advocate Neeraj, general secretary of Coordination Committee of bar associations of all Delhi district courts, said that a group of lawyers today met Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who assured them that the Bill would not be passed without consulting them.
According to the BCI website, there were some 12 lakh lawyers all over the country as of 2013.
Lawyers are opposing the Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2017 proposed by the Law Commission of India to the government which, among others, lays down the definition of ‘misconduct’ which according to BCI has only been defined in its rules.