PMO directs J&K for appropriate action to constitute Bar Council

The Prime Minister’s Office has dispatched the representation of Prof. Bhim Singh to the Govt. of J&K in connection with the Constitution of Bar Council in the state. Prof. Bhim Singh had written to Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India seeking his urgent intervention to ensure that democratic process is initiated in J&K legal system by constituting Bar Council in accordance with the Advocates Act, 1961. Prof. Bhim Singh in his letter dated 15.02.2013 brought to the notice of the Prime Minister of India a hidden fact that J&K has not been included in the list of Bar Councils of the States. J&K Bar Council is beaded by the Chief Justice of J&K High Court with the High Court Judges as the members and there was no reason or justification to deprive the advocates in J&K of their basic & constitutional rights to elect and constitute the Bar Council in the State as is being constituted in other states of the country.

Prof. Bhim Singh in his letter further emphasized that “The Parliament has abandoned its authority, under Article 370, to legislate in respect of J&K even when the State stood integrated in 1947. J&K has been kept out of the domain of the Constitution of India. The Constitution of J&K has no chapter on fundamental rights though J&K became integral part in 1947.”

Prof. Bhim Singh during the annual conference of Bar Council of India which he represented as a representative of the Bar Council of Supreme Court has urged the Prime Minister in his letter, “Let the so-called Bar Council of J&K be derecognized without any delay. The steps must be taken to hold elections in accordance with the Advocates Act (as amended) for the Bar Council of J&K.”

In its letter no.1/3/2013-PMP2/32416 dated 20.03.2013, the PMO informed Prof. Bhim Singh that his letter has been sent to the Govt. of J&K for appropriate action. Prof. Bhim Singh when received this letter this morning expressed satisfaction saying that a new chapter is likely to open with the elected Constitution of the Bar Council in J&K.