BAJ extends ongoing agitation till April 17 -
BAJ extends ongoing agitation till April 17
Posted 13 Apr 2018 05:29 PM

Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Friday alleged that the agitation for a CBI probe into the Kathua rape and murder case to ensure justice for the eight-year-old-victim was being portrayed as communal by those with a “Kashmir-centric mindset”.
Batting strongly for justice for the victim, the BAJ claimed that the probe by the Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police was done on questionable lines amid threats and coercion by a team of officers from the Kashmir Valley, including one who served jail term for alleged rape and murder of a minor.
Yesterday, Jammu city wore a deserted look with all major shopping areas, trading markets and schools closed following a bandh call given by the BAJ to protest against growing illegal presence of Rohingyas and Bangladeshi nationals, as also demand for a CBI probe into the Kathua rape-cum-murder.
Jammu has been tense since the brutal rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl belonging to the nomadic Bakerwal community.
The police have arrested eight people in the case, but the Bar Association has opposed the action alleging “targeting of minority Dogras”.
Some of the arrested accused belonged to Hindu Ekta Manch, a right wing group.
“Kashmir-centric mindset tried to give our agitation for CBI probe a communal colour. They were trying to divide Jammu on communal lines. It is their conspiracy. It was portrayed as if we are against justice for the girl. We demand CBI probe for justice to the minor, and those involved should be punished,” Jammu Bar President B S Slathia said at a press conference.
He said the BAJ, from the very beginning, called for fair and impartial probe to punish the guilty, “and that is why we demanded a CBI probe”.
On April 9, some lawyers had tried to prevent a police team from filing a charge sheet in the case following which another case was registered on Tuesday against those who obstructed the sleuths.
“The manner in which investigation was done is questionable, but the matter is in court now.
The call for yesterday’s bandh was given to basically to address the issues including deportation of Rohingyas and the directive of the tribal affairs department on the direction of the Chief Minister (regarding encroachments by Gujjars in Jammu),” Slathia said.
He said the BAJ had told the media repeatedly that yesterday’s bandh was not on the Kathua rape-and-murder issue as the case is in court now.
The BAJ still demands a CBI probe as the investigation by the Crime Branch will “only benefit the accused in the case and deny justice to the girl”, Slathia said, adding the government cannot order a probe by the central agency as it is up to the court now.
He claimed that the Special Investigation Team that was probing the case constituted officers from Kashmir wing of the Crime Branch.
Slathia said the manner in which the SIT was set up by the government, raised “deep suspicion and fear (in the minds of minority Dogras of the area) that the probe would not be impartial”.
“Boys were picked up. They were harassed and tortured by the Crime Branch to give statements before a judge under Section 166 of CrPC,” he said.
Slathia alleged that a member of the probing team was involved in case of rape and murder of a minor girl in Doda, and was in jail for over one-and-a-half years.
He said if the government can hand over the case of rape and murder of two women in Shopian to the CBI on public demand, then in this case too it should have done the same.
On Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement that protests cannot stop the probe, Salathia said, now the court will decide and not the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, on Thursday extended ongoing agitation upto April 17, 2018, seeking ouster of Rohingyas.
In the general house meeting, BAJ President said that the works will be suspended in all Courts including the J&K High Court till April 17, 2018. The meeting of civil society will be held on April 15, 2018, at District Court Complex, Jammu, to decide the future course of action, he added.
Jammu Bar suspended work in all the Courts, Revenue Courts, Tribunals and Commissions including the J&K High Court on the consecutive ninth day seeking revocation of illegal directives issued in pursuance to a meeting of the Tribal Affairs Department held on February 14, handing over of investigation to the CBI for a fair probe into the Rassana (Hiranagar) murder case and deportation of illegally settled Rohingyas and Bangladeshis from Jammu. The work also remained suspended in Kathua, Samba, Udhampur, Bishnah, Reasi, Basholi, Hiranagar, Bhaderwah, Billawar, Akhnoor and other Muffasil Courts of Jammu province.
Slathia, while addressing the members present in the General House, expressed gratitude and acknowledged the role of the members of legal fraternity, Civil Society, Team Jammu, JPPF, Amar Khatriya Rajput Sabha Mahajan Sabha, Brahman Sabha, Guru Ravi Dass Sabha, Shiv Sena Dogra Front, office bearers of Trade Associations of Ware House, Raghunath Bazar, Kanak Mandi, Rajinder Bazar, Lakhdata Bazar, Jain Bazar, Purani, Janipur, Muthi, Roop Nagar, Paloura, New Plots, Amphala, Karan Nagar, Kachi Chawani, Parade, Shalimar, Kanak Mandi, Jain Bazar, Link Road, Purani Mandi, Patel Bazar, Lakhdata Bazar, Panjtirthi, Dhounthli Bazar, Pacca Dunga, Moti Bazaar, Rajinder Bazar, Shaheedi Chowk, Residency Road, Ranbir Market, Karan Market, Indira Chowk, Bus Stand, Gumnat Bazar, B.C Road, Jewel Chowk, Vinayak Bazar, Science College, Talab Tillo, Shakti Nagar, Gurah Bakshi Nagar, Canal Road, Bhagwati Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Shashtri Nagar, Trikuta Nagar, Sanjay Nagar, Vikram Chowk, Satwari, Miran Sahib, Gangyal, Digiana, Jewan Nagar, Nanak Nagar, Railway Station area, Channi Himat, Narwal Bye Pass, Sainik Colony, Nagrota, Kujwani, Bari Brahmana and Bishnah for making the Jammu Bandh a grand success.
Sachin Gupta Vice President, Prem Sadotra General Secretary, Himanshu Sharma Joint Secretary, Chetan Misri, Treasurer, Daljeet Singh Manhas, President Young Lawyers Association and Vice President YLA, Pardeep Majotra also spoke in the meeting.
Prem Sadotra, General Secretary of the Association conducted the proceedings of the General House meeting
During the meeting, Gagan Basotra, Advocate and former Senior Additional Advocate General was appointed as In-charge Media Cell to coordinate between the view point and day-to-day affairs / decisions of the Association with the local, national, print and electronic media.
The members who also spoke during the General House meeting include Sunil Sethi and K.S Johal, Senior Advocates, A.K Sawheny, Usman Salaria, Abhinav Sharma, Vikram Sharma, M.R Qureshi, Rajinder Jamwal, Deepali Arora, Jyoti Sharma, Anil Khauria, Rajnish Raina, Ajay Bakshi and Sushani Vasisatha.
Prominent among those who were present in the General House meeting include Jatinder Sharma, President Samba District Bar Association, Jagdish Parihar, Rahul Pant, Gagan Basotra, Radha Sharma, H.C Jalmeria, S.H Ashrafi, Pawan Mani, J.P Gandhi, Ajay Sharma, Rupinder Singh, Ravinder Sharma, C.M Sharma, Meenu Koul, D.S Chouhan, Sumeshwar Kohli, Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Rajesh Jaitley, Baldev Singh (Senior), B.K Bhat, Villa Koul, Arvind Khajuria, Umesh Sharma, Hunar Gupta, M.P Singh Pali, Aftab Malik, Dewakar Sharma, Vinod Sharma, Meharwan Singh, Rakesh Chargotra, Monish Chopra, Vishal Sharma, Ankur Sharma, Shafiq Wani, Daleep Bhan, Rajesh Verma, Dinesh Verma, Vilakshan Singh, Raghuvir Singh Sadhyal, Anuj Malhotra, Rajnish Raina, Vivek Sharma, Asheesh Sharma, Ravinder Singh Chib, Baldev Singh (Jr), Ajay Singh Manhas, Pawan Khajuria, Rohit Bhagat, Adarsh Kumar, Primokash Seth, Surjeet Singh Andotra, Vikas Pankaj, Gurdev Singh Thakur, Abhishek Wazir, Amit Manhas, Vikas Suri, Nittan Gupta, Vikush Anand, Rahul Sharma, Pawan Khajuria, Vikrant Sharma, Amir Awan, Vinod Saini, Sachin Dev Singh, Gaurav Jamwal, Jasvir Jasrotia, Deepak Baloria, Divya Ishan, Karan Sharma, Nitin Sambyal, Rohit Gupta, Rohit Kotwal, Vikram Pangotra, Alok Bamboo, Ankur Sharma, Rishi Gupta, Sanjeev Kumar, Rajiv Sharma, Rajiv, Roshan Choudhary, Arun Sharma, Rohit Lega, Arun Tandon, Shailender, Arjun Singh Manhas, Varun Kotwal, Vikram Rathore, Charanjit Singh, Navish Andotra, Vishal Tandon, Deepali Sharma, Ripu Daman, Amit Chadda, Binny Sharma, Harmit Kumar, Mukesh Kumar Sharma, Lakhan Kumar, Anil Bhan, Rakesh Sharma, Kuldip Singh Chib, Mandeep Singh, Virender Dev, Sarwesh Gupta, Sheetal Kumar, Satya Jeet, Sorav Vyas, Sidharth Khajuria, Arun Kandroo, Ashish Kant Sharma, Kunal Kohli, Sanjeev Kohli, Jyoti Sharma, Manjeet Singh Sarkaria, Dilbagh Singh, Sheran Mirza, Rahul Verma, Rajiv Chalgotra, Ashwani Sharma, Vikram Thakur, Susheel Chandel, Azhar Khan, Bhanu Partap Singh, Bhavishya Sudan, Arun Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Gagan Deep Sharma, Prithvi Singh, Raman Kumar, Pushvinder Singh, Bhanu Singh Slathia, Natwar Singh Drora, Sahil Sharma, Randhir Kumar, Achyut Dubey, Adarsh Kumar, Arvind Singh Jalmeria and Arjun Mengi.

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