District court lawyers strike against the Criminal Procedure Code

February 3rd, 2009 - 5:33 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb 3 (ANI): District court lawyers across the country struck work on Tuesday, to protest changes in the code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc), according to which the police cannot arrest the accused committing offences punishable up to seven years of imprisonment.
The court matters today had to be adjourned, as the lawyers did not appear before the presiding officers.
Secretary Delhi Bar Association Jaiveer Singh Chauhan said the lawyers would keep intensifying their agitation further until the revocation of the amendments.
He informed that the fifteen high court advocates have also joined the protests.
Co-ordination Committee All Bar Associations of Delhi spokesperson Rajiv Khosla claimed the strike is in favour of the society as the proposed amendments in the statute will give criminals a free run and deteriorate the law and order situation.
In January, lawyers had performed similar protests for four times.
A Federation of Bar Associations has been created to perform a unified protest and the lawyers have also organised a car rally to mount further pressure on the authorities.
The bar members are concerned that the absence of the arrest provisions would remove fear from the minds of criminals who may roam around freely misusing the present law. (ANI)

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