Restore registration powers to Judicial Magistrates or face intensified agitation: JKHCBA to LG

JAMMU: Today the indefinite strike by J&K High Court Bar Association Jammu enters 21st day, the President J&K High Court Bar Association Jammu, Abhinav Sharma urged the Lieutenant Governor, J&K Union Territory to forthwith redress the demands raised by the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu for restoring the powers of registration of documents upon Judicial Magistrates, failing which it shall be constrained to intensify its agitation.
The J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, reiterated its demand as resolved in the General House Meeting of J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, held on 01-11-2019. The General House unanimously had decided to oppose the proposed shifting of J&K High Court from Janipur to Raika and also shifting of powers of registration of documents from Judicial Magistrate to Revenue Authorities.
It is pertinent to mention here that the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu is on indefinite strike and has abstained from work in all the courts since 01-11-2019. During the ongoing agitation, the office bearers and members of the Advisory Committee met the Chief Justice of J&K High Court Miss Gita Mittal and both the issues were taken up with the Chief Justice of J&K High Court. During the meeting, the Chief Justice of J&K High Court, clarified that there is no decision of shifting of J&K High Court from Janipur to Raika. However, there was only indent for identification of land for raising judicial infrastructure of High Court. Subsequently it was further made clear that there was no proposal of shifting of J&K High Court from Janipur to Raika
The Chief Secretary of J&K Union Territory also held a meeting with the office bearers of J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu in J&K High Court itself on 15-11-2019 and directed the Financial Commissioner, Revenue to hold a meeting with the members of J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu. Accordingly a meeting of Advisory Committee was held with the Financial Commissioner; Revenue on 18-11-2019, however, nothing concrete came out of the said meeting. Therefore, the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, is continuing its indefinite strike and has in the meanwhile had decided to hold a meeting with the Heads of various organizations of Civil Society on 23-11-2019 (Saturday) but some of the Heads of the organizations of Civil Society have informed that they may not be available in Jammu on 23-11-2019 (Saturday) and the said meeting may be convened on next working day. Therefore, it has been decided to convene the meeting of Heads of various organizations of Civil Society on 25-11-2019 ( Monday) at 11.30 AM in the Bar Hall of J&K High Court Bar Association, in J&K High Court, Jammu .The meeting of the Civil Society is being convened to seek their support and opinion in the ongoing agitation.
The J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, President said that the association has taken a strong exception to the statements being made by various groups, individuals whether belonging to a particular political party or NGOs to the extent that demand of J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, for restoring the powers of registration of documents to judicial magistrates is outcome of partial abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35-A of the Constitution of India, in as much as the conferring of powers of registration of documents upon Revenue Authorities has nothing to do with the partial abrogation of Article 370 or revocation of Article 35-A of the Constitution of India.
The stand of the Bar is very much clear and categorical as has been decided in the General House meeting held in August, 2018 that the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, opposes the retention of Article 35-A & Article 370 of the Constitution of India. In this regard, the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, has already filed an application before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India supported by an Affidavit by the then General Secretary Prem N. Sadhotra that the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, opposes Article 35-A & Article 370 of the Constitution of India and supports abrogation of Article 370 & Article 35-A of the Constitution of India. Any statement made by any group or individual linking issue of registration of documents raised by J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu with the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35-A or with the demand of Statehood is for their personal political interests and motives. The agitation of J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, is confined to only two issues i.e. Shifting of J&K High Court from Janipur to Raika and Shifting of powers of Registration of documents to the Revenue Authorities .