Lawyers nationwide to strike work Wednesday against CrPC changes

February 17th, 2009 - 11:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Lawyers of district courts in Delhi observed a day-long strike Tuesday to demand repeal of an amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) that abolishes the provision of arrest in offences punishable up to seven years in jail.
And on Wednesday lawyers across the country would strike work in protest against the amendment, said lawyers’ coordination committee leader Rajesh Kumar Wadhwa.

“The lawyers of Delhi High Court will also sit on hunger strike Wednesday. Around 20,000 lawyers from all over the nation are likely to join,” Wadhwa said.

The amendment proposes that in offences that carry jail terms of seven years a police officer may, instead of arresting the offender, issue him/her a notice requiring him/her to cooperate in the investigation.

No arrest will be made in a non-cognisable offence except under a warrant or order of a magistrate. The reasons for arrest should be sound and recorded in writing by the police officer, the amendment proposes.

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