Role of Advocates in the Independence of Judiciary

The Bihar chapter of All India Lawyers’ Association for Justice (AILAJ) organised a convention in Advocates’ Association Hall in Patna High Court on 19 May. A large number of advocates attended this event presided by Senior Advocate and Bihar Bar Council member Yogesh Chandra Verma. This was conducted by AILAJ Bihar convenor Adv. Manju Sharma. Advocate in Karnataka High Court and national general secretary of AILAJ Clifton D’ Rozario, the main speaker of the convention, said that the independence of judiciary is assured to us by the Constitution of India. But in today’s time the judiciary is facing attacks and interventions by the ruling establishment which must be resisted. Recently we have seen a letter addressed to the Chief Justice of India was sent collectively by 600 advocates tacitly supporting the unconstitutional Electoral Bond scheme. He called upon the advocates to unite and protect the judicial independence and constitutional values.

Advocate Uday Pratap Singh introduced the subject matter which was deliberated upon by many speakers including Advocates Ramjivan Prasad, Raja Ram Rai, Arun Kushwaha, Amit Kumar Pawan, Rudal Prasad, Purushottam Sharma and others. They resolved to protect fundamental rights and human rights of citizens and also advocated for an atmosphere of equal opportunities for all in the appointment of Justices in the higher judiciary.