Bar Council of India to probe conduct of J-K lawyers association in Kathua rape case, asks them to call off strike
The Bar Council of India (BCI) has announced that it will investigate the the conduct of the lawyers of Jammu and Kashmir bar association.
Bar Council of India's chairman Manan Kumar Mishra announced that a five member team will be sent to Kathua and Jammu to investigate the matter. He said that the team will speak to the people of the two districts. Former Justice Tarun Agarwal will lead the committee.
The committee will present a report to the Bar Council of India which it will present in front of the Supreme Court on April 19. The BCI also asked the J&K bar association to call off their strike.
BCI chief Mishra also said that in case a lawyer is found guilty, the BCI has the authority to cancel their license.
On April 9, some lawyers had stopped the police from filing a chargesheet in the Kathua rape and murder case. The bar association of Jammu and Kashmir had supported the lawyers.
The Supreme Court also issued a notice to the Bar Council of India and Jammu and Kashmir bar association seeking response as it was brought to its notice that lawyers did not allow the the filing of the chargesheet.