Suspending membership of JHCBA members invites sharp criticism by lawyers

Jammu, Aug 2: The controversial decision of the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu has invited sharp criticism from its members and the lawyers cutting across party lines have condemned the decision of suspending two eminent members of the Bar Senior Advocate and Former Bar President A.V. Gupta and Former Senior AAG S.C. Gupta over their stance of strengthening and retention of Article 35-A in the Indian Constitution.
In an emergent meeting today in the High Court Complex Jammu, the members of Jammu Bar under the chairmanship of Jameel Ahmed Kazmi Former Vice President of Jammu Bar and Former AAG unanimously
decided to hold a peaceful demonstration tomorrow i.e. 3 rd August, 2019 in the High Court Complex at 10:30 AM to express solidarity with two senior members of the Bar who had expressed their personal views regarding the retention and strengthening of Article 35-A. In the meeting, it was further resolved that in case the suspension of the eminent lawyers will not be recalled then future course of action will be chalked out including en-mass resignation from the membership of the Bar.
Advocate Kazmi further appealed to all the Muffasil/District Bar Associations of Jammu Province to hold peaceful demonstrations for expressing solidarity with two Senior Members of the Bar tomorrow at 10:30 AM.
In his presidential remarks, Advocate Jameel Ahmed Kazmi recalled his more than 40 years of Association with Jammu Bar and condemned the arbitrary suspension of his two senior colleagues who had expressed their views on the strengthening and retention of Article 35-A of Indian Constitution.
Advocate Kazmi further stated that nobody in Jammu Bar can thrust his/her political ideology to appease their political bosses for their personal gains as this Bar has remained apolitical since its inception.
Advocate Kazmi expressed gratitude to the sane voices in Jammu Bar who have stood against the unconstitutional and politically motivated decision of the Jammu Bar. Advocate Kazmi appealed to all the members of Jammu Bar to remain united and not to be misled by a particular ideology being thrusted by those who are at the helm of affairs.
Former Govt. Advocate and a senior member of the Bar Hafiz-ul-Rehman castigated the decision of the Bar and stated that Jammu Bar has always maintained its secular ethos and the decision of suspending two senior members is a political appeasement and needs immediate revocation.
Advocate Ashok Basotra vociferously urged for en-mass resignation in case the arbitrary suspension of the two senior Advocates is not recalled.
He further stated that bar members will not allow communal agenda to be pursued for political gains by those who are at the helm of affairs of Jammu Bar.
Advocate Pawan Kundal (Ambedkar Activist) while lambasting the decision of the Bar opined as to whether Bar has the mandate to regulate the freedom of speech and expression of its members and whether such type of conditions can be imposed on the members of legal fraternity and he further stated that if such an agenda will be pursued then he does not want to be associated with such an Association.
Advocate Supriya Singh Chouhan in her remarks lamented the snatching of fundamental right of freedom of speech and expression of members of legal fraternity who guarantees the rights to the common people “Aam Awaam” being the social Engineers of the Society. Taking away of such freedom of speech and expression of lawyers is highly condemnable and censured.
Former Govt. Advocate and a prominent Gujjar Leader Anwar Chowdhary demanded no confidence motion against the office bearers of Jammu Bar for such an unconstitutional decision of suspending two eminent members of the Bar.
He further stated that action was taken against two senior members to appease a political ideology being pursued by a political party for dividing the Jammu Bar.