The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana on 6th December issued a press note announcing its support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called on 8 December by farmers in various parts of the country.
The Council for Farmers Protest Support stated that it stands with the farmers in their agitation against new laws.
The Council has informed that the Advocates of Punjab and Haryana have been actively participating in the farmers agitation (for the last two months).
The Bar Council has requested the Union Government to immediately withdraw the 3 Farmers’ Acts passed by the Parliament recently.
The press note for Farmers Protest Support stated,
“The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana opposes the new Agriculture Acts passed by the Central government. These new enactments are not only detrimental to the interests of farmers but are also detrimental to the interest of lawyers. The Bar of civil court jurisdiction in these new Acts is serious challenge to the independence of judiciary.”
“The separation of judiciary and executive is a salient feature of our constitution. Under the new Acts the disputes will be heard by SDM/ADMs who are not trained to hear the litigation involving civil consequences and moreover, they are administrative organ of the Government and would be unable to protect the rights of farmers. The disputes arising out of new enactments will involve commercial matters, contract act agreement and partnership matters which is under the preview of civil courts and therefore, baring the civil court jurisdiction is detrimental to the interest of lawyers and is an effort to undermine the judiciary.”
Significantly, the Bar Council for Farmers Protest Support has also requested the Chairman BCI and to the Chairman’s of all the State Bar Councils throughout India to support the call of Bharat Bandh given by farmers on 8th December 2020 by abstaining from the work.
The Bar Council for Farmers Protest Support has also decided to send 1000 blankets and dry ration to the agitating farmers at Sindhu boarder in order to help and support the farmers.