BCI Team To Visit Kathua, Likely To Cancel License Of Guilty Lawyers


New Delhi: Amid raging protests over barbaric Kathua gangrape and murder, the Bar Council of India on Sunday decided to send a five-member team to the town to probe the lawyers’ conduct.

Here are 10 major updates from this story: 

1: The BCI on Sunday asked the Jammu and Kathua Bar Associations to call off their strike.

2: It also decided to send a five-member team headed by a former High Court Chief Justice to investigate the alleged incident of misconduct on part of the lawyers there in connection with the Kathua rape-murder case.

3: Manan Kumar Mishra, BCI chairman and senior advocate, said that if any lawyer was found guilty, then the council will go to the extend of cancelling the legal practice licence.

4: “The BCI has decided to issue a direction and make an appeal to the Jammu High Court Bar Association and the Kathua Bar Association to call off their strike with immediate effect. We have made a request and issued a direction to them to convene an extra-ordinary meeting tomorrow to decide on the issue,” Mishra said.

5: The bar council’s decision came after its general body meeting which was convened today in the backdrop of the apex court’s notice to it.

6: The Supreme Court had taken suo motu cognizance of a strike call given by the Kathua and the Jammu and Kashmir bar associations in connection with the gang rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu region and issued notice to the bar bodies.

7: The Bar Association of Jammu had on April 13 said that it was extending its strike till April 17 against the “growing illegal presence of Rohingyas and Bangladeshi nationals,” while alleging that its agitation for a CBI probe into the Kathua rape-cum-murder case was wrongly being portrayed as “communal”.

8: The BCI team visiting Kathua is headed by former high court chief justice Tarun Agarwala and comprising two co-chairmen of the council, S Prabhakaran and R G Shah, advocate Razia Begum and independent lawyer Naresh Dixit.

9: The BCI chairman also said that the team will visit the state on April 20 to investigate the matter and after consulting all the persons concerned, it will submit its report to the bar council which will in turn submit its report before the apex court.

10: “Since the case is fixed on April 19 and the team is going on April 20, we will seek two or three days adjournment in the Supreme Court,” Mishra said.