Punjab & Haryana State Bar Council urges State Governments to enact Advocates (Protection) Act

Team SoOLEGAL 7 Apr 2023 4:37pm

Punjab & Haryana State Bar Council urges State Governments to enact Advocates (Protection) Act

 New Delhi: The Punjab and Haryana Bar Councils have requested that the Advocates (Protection) Act, 2023 be passed at earliest by the two state governments. According to a press release issued by the Bar Council on Tuesday, attacks on advocates and cases of false implication against legal professionals have increased significantly.

As a result, it was stated that there was a need for the act to be implemented in the states of Punjab and Haryana.

According to the press release “from broad daylight incidents of murder, violent attacks, grievous hurts, kidnapping, intimidation etc in different parts of the states of Punjab and Haryana as well as in the parking of Hon’ble High Court and false implication by disgruntled/opposite parties to the opprobrium of breach of the client-lawyer privilege, there have been many such incidents which have been reported to the State Bar Council by Bar Associations, individual lawyers or their families,".

It went on to say that in the year 2023 alone, two advocates were killed in open daylight as a result of their work. That of Advocate Umesh Pal in Uttar Pradesh, and more recently Advocate Virender Narwal. As a result, better legal safeguarding was required to ensure the viability of justice delivery systems.

The council urged the states to take action on its demands in the coming days, warning that if adequate steps were not taken, all advocates from Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh would be forced to gather in a mass congregation to launch a peaceful protest while continuing to work in the courts.

"It is the obligation of the state to respect, protect, fulfill and promote the independence and security of lawyers, as well as their ability to perform their professional duties free from intimidation, hindrance, harassment, improper interference or reprisals from state and anti-social actors, the Council has sent two draft bills to the government for their enactment."

Section 3 of the Bar Council's draft bills provides for punishment in cases of committing or abetting the commission of an act of violence against an advocate. The punishment mentioned is a minimum of six months of imprisonment and a fine of up to one lakh rupees. This offence is both cognizable and non-bailable.

Section 7 of the bills addresses provisions for police protection of an advocate who is threatened by an act of violence.

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