J&K: Normal life disrupted as Jammu observes shutdown announced by bar association

Srinagar: Normal life in the city of Jammu has been disrupted following a shutdown ordered by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA). They require a multi-purpose building within the city’s high court complex to house the courts, registry office and commission.

Most of the shops and commercial establishments in Jammu’s bustling markets including Narwal Sabzi Market and Fruit Market, Gandhi Nagar, Bari Brahmana and other key parts of Jammu city remained affected. Reports said dozens of lawyers took to the streets on Monday morning to enforce the shutdown and staged a protest rally in some areas where they also burned tires, disrupting transport services.

“Today the people of Jammu expressed their solidarity with the Jammu Bar Association by observing the closure,” a protester said. NewsClick.

The Lawyers’ Corps said the building would help the lawyers’ fraternity and the general public. The strike call was backed by the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), the Traders Federation, the Retailers Association, a socio-religious party Yuva Rajput Sabha and political parties including the Conference (NC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and National Panther’s Party (NPP).

The bar association said it has received letters of support from other district bars in the province including Kathua, Samba, Udhampur, Reasi, Rajouri, Poonch and Doda and Kishtwar.

“We were awaiting a response from the government to issue an order for the construction of a multi-storey complex in the court premises which will house all the courts, commissions and registration works. But we have not received any order from this type so far,” Jammu Bar Chairman MK Bhardwaj told a press conference.

Lawyers demanded that all judicial and quasi-judicial systems be run from one place. The protesters said they would continue to organize the protest until the Union Territory Administration under Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha responds to their demands. The protesters alleged that the UT government was behaving like the East India Company with no regard for the popular masses.

“We are all gathered here for the cause of the Dogras of Jammu. The offices for registration work are scattered across the province. It is totally disorganized. For CAT (Central Administrative Court) cases, people have to meet go to Chandigarh. For bank loan cases, you have to go to Chandigarh. The government doesn’t seem to know how a poor man can handle this. You can’t parachute out of Delhi and impose a dictatorship,” a lawyer said. protester.

The strike call was also backed by other organizations like Gujjar Bakarwal Youth Welfare Conference J&K, which said the Bar Association’s demands are “authentic” and in the interest of the general public.

Members of the Yuva Rajput Sabha have also demanded that the birthday of the Dogra ruler of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, be observed as a public holiday on September 24.

Andrew B. Reiter