Bhubaneswar: Members of the Odisha State Bar Council today joined a nationwide stir against the proposed Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
The Bar Council of India has decided to observe April 21 as All India Protest Day against the proposed Advocates’ (Amendment) Bill-2017 as suggested by the Law Commission of India (LCI). As part of the agitation, the lawyers have abstained from the Court work and burnt the report of the LCI in front of their respective courts as a mark of protest.
Odisha Bar Council chairman Manas Ranjan Mohapatra demanded immediate revocation of the proposed amendments in the Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
On the other hand preparations are in full swing for the National Convention of the Council scheduled to be held at Bhubaneswar on April 22. The executive body members of different Bar Councils and Bar Associations will participate in a deliberation to discuss and take decision on further course of action against the said report of the LCI.
The State Bar Council has termed the report as a “Draconian” proposal that would take away the autonomy and independence of the Indian Bar.
As per the proposed Bill, the executive members of the Bar Councils will be nominated by the High Courts and the Supreme Court. Earlier the members of the Councils were elected by the enrolled advocates of different courts.