Lawyers strike work against NIA summon to Qayoom -
Lawyers strike work against NIA summon to Qayoom
Posted 05 Sep 2017 04:22 PM

Work in courts in Kashmir was affected today as lawyers struck their work in protest against NIA summon to president High Court Bar Association (HCBA) Mian Qayoom by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The lawyers have decided to continue the strike tomorrow also.

HCBA today described the notice to Qayoom as “highly deplorable and condemnable”. A spokesman said the issuance of notice to the Bar president is aimed at “harassing and demonizing” the lawyers’ fraternity for “supporting the cause of people of Kashmir and defending the detenues and under-trial prisoners before the High Court and the courts subordinate to it, who been put behind the bars without trial.”

He added that the Bar Association also feels that since it has taken a stand before the Supreme Court with regard to the use of pellets in Kashmir and is also getting arrayed a party to the petition filed by an NGO before the supreme court for striking down Article 35-A of the Constitution of India, therefore, the NIA has issued a notice to the Bar president, so that the cases, which are now pending before the Supreme Court are not prosecuted and defended by the bar association.

He said that the NIA summon to Qayoom “amounts to interference with the course of justice.”

“The Bar Association has decided to hold a general body meeting tomorrow at 10:30 AM at High Court, where the issuance of notice to the Bar President will be discussed and future course of action will be chalked out. In view of the matter, the work in the High court and subordinate courts shall remain suspended for the day, tomorrow.”

“In order to show their solidarity with the Bar President, all the District and Mufassil Bar Associations of the valley have also decided to abstain from court work tomorrow.”

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