Hubballi sedition case:Resolution barring lawyers from representing Kashmiri students withdrawn
27: The Hubballi Bar Association on Thursday withdrew it earlier resolution
stating that none of its members would represent the three Kashmiri students
who have booked for sedition.
wishing to represent the accused can approach Dharwad Principal District Court
to file bail plea for them, said the association
development comes a day after a division bench of Karnataka High Court,
comprising of Chief Justice Abhay S Oka and Justice Hemant Chandanagoudar
expressed unhappiness over the resolution.
the PIL petition filed by B T Venkatesh and 24 other lawyers challenging the
resolution of the bar association, Chief Justice Oka said: “Look at what poor
image of the institute of judiciary is being projected because of this. We
proudly say we don’t run ‘Kangaroo courts’ in India. Even (Terrorist) Ajmal
Kasab was given a full trial, senior advocates were appointed by the court to
represent him. Here, the advocates are not allowed to appear in bail
applications for the accused. This is nothing less that ‘Sheer militancy’.”
to the bench, Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi said that he would personally
speak to the office bearers of the bar association and ask them to reconsider
directed the advocate general to request the office bearers of the association
to be present before the court and posted the matter to February 27.
on Monday, when lawyers, representing the Kashmiri students visited the
District Court in Dharwad to file the bail application, they were heckled by
members of Hubli Bar and were forced to return without filing the bail