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Sex racket: Lawyers strike enters 10th day

Written by: Staff

Jammu, July 7: The indefinite strike of lawyers, demanding transfer of sex scandal case to Jammu, entered tenth consecutive day, badly affecting the judicial work in Jammu and Kashmir High Court bench as well as in the lower courts in the region.

Talking to UNI over phone, Jammu Bar Association (JBA) president Ved Raj Wazir has reiterated that a fair and impartial trial of the high profile Kashmir sex scandal case is never possible in Srinagar as the atmosphere in summer capital hasturned hostile.

The JBA president emphasised, ''All the lawyers associated with JBA will not attend the court proceedings till our demand to transfer the sex scandal case in Jammu for fair trial was accepted.

''The rule of law has been hijacked in court premises and the defence counsels are not safe in the summer capital. The local people are mounting pressure on the defence counsel. In such a circumstance no advocate can cross-examine the witnesses in the court,'' Mr Wazir said.

The Kashmir Bar Association (KBA), a party to the sex scandal, had declared that no lawyer associated with KBA would be allowed to appear in the court on behalf of those arrested or chargesheeted in connection with the scandal.


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