It is heartening to note that the lawyers’ strike has been called off in Jammu.
The issue of restoration of registration powers to judicial officers, if at all required, can be taken up on judicial side by the Bar in view of some pending stay order granted by the High Court way back when a similar decision taken by Government a few years ago had been brought in question before the High Court.
Similarly, as far as my memory goes, there had been an earlier intervention by the High Court on the issue of urbanisation of forest land in Raika when some minister bungalows were purposed to be built there. If the High Court did not permit that and quashed the government orders, etc., how it can now even think of utilizing that forest land for itself, is a big question. I think that the Bar which is supposed to be an institution of intelligentia should take up this matter on the judicial side. I think even the NGT is seized of the matter.
The Jammu Bar should get inspiration from the Madras Bar which has on a number of occasions successfully taken up such issues of public importance upto Supreme Court. Jammu lawyers have many issues to take up including the establishment of a permanent Bench of CAT in Jammu as there are a number of service matters in the UT which automatically “stand transferred” to CAT as per the expression employed in Section 29 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985.
You have to find solutions rather than aggravating the problems for yourselves, particularly for the younger generation of the lawyers, and get adjusted to the new working environment as well as get acquainted with many new jurisdictions like Insolvency and Bankruptcy. You have to also get acquainted with many new Acts like IBC, Family Courts, Commercial Courts, etc. The world beyond Lakhanpur has changed and so you too have to evolve accordingly in this race.
Here in Delhi we have many groups where we discuss about the recent developments in law and learn from each other. Many discussions are organised which benefit all, especially the younger generation of the lawyers. I find this painfully missing in Jammu. Time has come to change now for the better. I exhort Abhinav Sharma, the Jammu Bar President to do something constructive for the young members of the Bar who have a future ahead. Kindly understand your responsibility towards them.
There is a long way to go. I wish you all the best in your endeavour to cope up with the changing working environment, law and jurisdictions.
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