Supreme Court to hear NPP Petition for Bar Council in J&K, on 30th Jan.

The Supreme Court of India rejected the plea of the Bar Council of India which tried to persuade the Supreme Court to not to press for Bar Council election in J&K. The counsel for the Bar Council of India argued that the law and order situation was not conducive in the state and therefore elections to the Bar Council cannot be held. The Supreme Court did not accept this plea of the Bar Council of India which had already supported the idea for holding election to the Bar Council of J&K. The Bar Council of India has also submitted the draft Constitution of the State Bar Council which had been approved by the Bar Council in its earlier meeting some five months’ back.

The petitioner, Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate in the Supreme Court is also a Member of the Bar Council of J&K who had filed the Writ Petition in the Supreme Court in 2013 seeking intervention of the Supreme Court to issue an appropriate order, direction to the Bar Council of India as well as to the Union Govt. to hold elections to the Bar Council of J&K within the meaning and scope of Section 58 of the Advocates Act, 1961. Prof.Bhim Singh said that J&K is the only State in the country which has no Bar Council/elected Bar Council constituted till this day. Prof.Bhim Singh also mentioned in his Writ Petition that J&K is the only State in the country which is devoid of elected Bar Council out of the registered Advocates. Prof.Bhim Singh in his writ petition that J&K is the only State which is not directly governed by the Constitution of India and the High Court of J&K is not the High Court of Judicature. J&K High Court is creation of the Constitution of J&K as Constitution of India is not applicable to the State of J&K. Prof.Bhim Singh said in his Writ Petition that Advocates Act, 1961 was extended to J&K in 1986 but without application of its provision to hold election of the Bar Council of J&K. Prof.Bhim Singh had been arguing strongly that the lawyers’ community of J&K has been kept away from the lawyers’ fraternity in the rest of the country as the lawyers’ community in J&K has not been granted right under Advocates Act, 1961 to elect their Bar Council in the State.

Earlier on 25.08.2015 Supreme Court Division Bench headed by Mr. Justice T.S. Thakur had directed the Bar Council of India to frame rules for the Bar Council of J&K. The Bar Council of J&K drafted rules, regulations and submitted a-67-page Constitution pertaining to Jammu & Kashmir State Bar Council Draft Rules. This State Bar Council draft rules in detail was submitted on 13th of March, 2015 by the Chief Justice of the High Court of J&K in its capacity as the Chairman of the State Bar Council of J&K and High Court of J&K through its Registrar.

Prof.Bhim Singh expressed regrets that the Bar Council of India which was too eager and prompt to support the writ petition to constitute Bar Council in J&K, changed suddenly when the whole matter was readied and the State High Court had supported the plea to hold a Bar Council election involving lawyers fraternity in the process.

The Division Bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar refused to entertain any plea of the Bar Council of India and granted three weeks to the Union of India as well as the Bar Council to make their mind. Prof.Bhim Singh welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court of India to take up the matter at the earliest and issue appropriate direction to the Union of India to allow Bar Council in the State of J&K. Though the process has been delayed by 27 years after promulgation of Advocates Act, 1961 in the State of J&K.

NPP holds emergency meeting in Delhi, decides to contest Assembly Polls in five states

An emergency Meeting of National Panthers Party was held in Delhi, Jantar Mantar, National Headquarters of Panthers Party under the leadership of Prof. Bhim Singh,  Chief Patron of NPP  which was attended by Panthers Party representatives of Delhi, UP, Uttrakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab.

            The Committee appointed Shri Romesh Khajuria as convener and shri Dildar Hussain Beg as Joint convener on the proposal made by Delhi Pradesh Panthers Party President , Rajiv Jolly khosla. Joint Secretary Mr. P. C. Mehta shall represent the chief patron in the committee. NPP General Secretary Shri, B. S. Billowria shall be the political advisor of the committee.

The committee deputed  party observer shri Rajiv Jolly Khosla along with shri Romesh Khajuria convener, Shri Dildar Hussan Beg, joint convener , Shri Kifayat Hussan Rizvi, coordinator  to hold next meeting of the joint committee at Punjab Trade centre Dholewala chowk, Ludhiana on 11th January 2017 to decide about the candidates for  Punjab  Assembly election.

The Joint committee made strong appeal to all district presidents of Punjab State  to attend the Ludhiana meeting to decide the candidates of NPP for The Punjab Assembly seats .

            The NPP shall meet on 12 january 2017 in Delhi to decide on candidates for other states also.

NPP holds emergency meeting in Delhi, decides to contest Assembly Polls in five states

A Joint Meeting of National Panthers Party was held in Delhi, Jantar Mantar, National Headquarters of Panthers Party under the leadership of Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of NPP  which was attended by Panthers Party representatives of Delhi, UP, Uttrakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab.

            The joint Committee appointed Shri Romesh Khajuria as convener and shri Dildar Hussain Beg as Joint convener on the proposal made by Delhi Pradesh Panthers Party President , Rajiv Jolly khosla. Joint Secretary Mr. P. C. Mehta shall represents the chief patron in the committee. NPP General Secretary Shri, B. S. Billowria shall be the political advisor of the committee.

            Prof. Bhim Singh told the media that next meeting of the joint committee shall be held on 9th January 2017 to decide about the candidates for Uttrakhand and Goa. About UP, Punjab and Manipur the meeting shall be convened   on 12 january – 2017 to decide about the candidates. In the meantime the leadership of JKNPP including chairman shri Harshdev Singh and President Balwant Singh Mankotia have also been requested by 5 states NPP committee approval for jumping into electoral battle in the five states.

            Prof. Bhim Singh had made strong appeal to all secular , progressive , nationalist and democratic political parties in the country to join together do expose and defeat all the reactionary , communal and sectarian political parties.

NPP Supremo offers solidarity with Uttarakhand CM in his battle against BJP

Prof.Bhim Singh, Supremo of NPP today garlanded the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Harish Rawat at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi where the Uttarakhand Chief Minister was sitting on a day long protest dharna seeking equity and justice with the hill people of Uttarakhand at par with all other Himalayan states in the north.

Prof.Bhim Singh accompanied by Delhi Panthers Party Officer bearers including Sr. Vice President, Mr. Romesh Khajuria, Mr. Dildar Hussain Baig, Mr. S.N. Chandola, Working President of Uttarakhand Pradesh Panthers Party garlanded the mighty democratic Chief Minister, Shri Harish Rawat and expressed solidarity with all secular and progressive leadership in the Himalayan state with a strong appeal to the people of the Himalayan State, Uttarakhand to support the secular, democratic and progressive leadership of Shri Harish Rawat who has been working with total commitment, dedication and honesty as the son of the soil.

Shri Harish Rawat in response garlanded Prof.Bhim Singh expressing his thanks for the support to his continuous and consistent political movement against the communal and reactionary forces in Uttarakhand.

Sr. Adv.Bhim Singh regrets SC Order dated 02.01.2017 on JKNPP’s petition

 Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate who appeared in Court No.1 on 02.01.2017 in the matter of writ petition (crl.) no.102/2016 expressed shock on the observation contributed to the bench of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice, Mr. T.S. Thakur saying, Learned Counsel for the petitioner seeks leave to withdraw this writ petition which is hereby dismissed as withdrawn.Prof.Bhim Singh appearing for the Panthers Party had filed this petition in July, 2016 immediately after Burhan Wani’s killing. This petition was filed on behalf of the J&K National Panthers Party seeking direction from the Supreme Court within the meaning and scope of Section 95 of J&K Constitution to the Union of India to allow the Governor of J&K to impose Governor Rule in the interest of equity, justice and rule of law.

The Supreme Court Division Bench headed by Chief Justice, Mr. Justice T.S. Thakur had sought information from the Attorney General of India on the prevailing situation in the state. Prof.Bhim Singh had strongly argued for the issuance of a notice to the Union of India and the State Government to response to the contents of the writ petition of JKNPP. Writ Petition remained hanging for months for nearly five months. Nearly 100 innocent people were killed, state property including schools and buildings were smashed/destroyed by the mobs. The State Government failed miserably in their task to maintain law and order. The entire state was facing anarchy, lawlessness and hundreds of children were injured by pellet guns (imported from Israel). Which never happened in the history of India in 70 years. Nearly 500 children has lost their eyes. This was the fate of the children of Kashmir under the RSS/PDP rule. Panthers Party filed this writ petition and Prof.Bhim Singh argued it with the help of his advocates.

On the last day of functioning/working of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur the petition was listed before the Bench of the Hon’ble Chief Justice. When he asked Sr. Advocate for the Panthers Party namely, Prof.Bhim Singh if he would like to withdraw the petition, Prof.Bhim Singh told the Hon’ble Chief Justice that he would, under no circumstances, withdraw the petition. Prof.Bhim Singh urged the court to decide the petition on merit.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that he was shocked to read two lines judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court which is mentioned above saying that writ petition was withdrawn which is totally contrary to the facts and submissions.