Supporting Article 35-A retention

Supporting Article 35-A retention

Jammu Bar Association suspends basic membership of two senior lawyers

Srinagar, Aug 1: Jammu High Court Bar Association (JHCBA) has suspended the membership of its two senior members, who recently supported the retention of Article 35-A of Indian constitution.
Addressing a press conference in High Court Complex Jammu, President Jammu High Court Bar Association, Advocate Abhinov Sharma said that the decision of their suspension from basic membership was taken in a high level meeting of the executive committee of the Bar, wherein these members have been asked to explain as to why have they gone against the stated position of the Bar regarding Article 35-A, without authorization from the Bar.
He said that a written explanation to this effect has been issued to the said members.
Those who have been suspended from the basic membership of the Bar for supporting retention of Article 35-A of Indian Constitution, include its former President and Senior Advocate A V Gupta and former senior AAG S C Gupta. They have been asked to explain their position for going against the stated stand of Jammu High Court Bar Association to support abrogation of Article 35-A, pending which their basic membership will remain suspended.
Abhinov Sharma said,” Some members of the Bar have gone against the stated position of the bar on the Article 35-A, by expressing a different view in support of its retention, which has sent a wrong message to public that it was the viewpoint of the entire Bar and was successfully exploited by some political parties”.
“The suspended members have been asked to explain their position for going against the views of the Bar, till then their basic membership of the Bar shall remain suspended”. He added.
Advocate Abhinov Sharma further said that the statement of suspended members has damaged the image of the Bar at national level, because it is felt that the views of Bar on Article 35-A are different from nationalistic view over the issue.
“The suspended members had no authority to issue such a statement without seeking the permission from the Bar Association”, he added.
He also disclosed that JHCBA has moved an application in Supreme Court of India for including the Bar as a party in the case regarding Article 35-A.
He said that the Jammu High Court Bar Association is an important party, which is in support of abrogation of Article 35-A, in accordance with the national point of view about this law.
“We will fight tooth and nail against the retention Article 35-A in the Supreme Court and JHCBA will plead its abrogation with all its might”, Abhinov Sharma said.