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Allahabad HC Bar Association likely to boycott President Kovind event, to decide this evening

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The Allahabad High Court is likely to decide by this evening, whether to boycott the programme of President Ram Nath Kovind, expressing displeasure over not being invited to the function scheduled at the Allahabad High Court, despite being the largest bar association of Asia.

Earlier, the Allahabad High Court Bar Association had unanimously decided not to participate in the function as the biggest Bar Association of Lawyers Fraternity was not invited to the foundation-stone laying programme for construction of Multi-level Parking & Advocate Chambers in Allahabad High Court Complex.

The Executive Committee of the Bar Association called an emergency meeting and decided to boycott the event. An emergency meeting was called on September 9 by the High Court Bar Association regarding this matter, which decided unanimously that the programme would be boycotted due to lack of proper representation to the advocates.

In the resolution passed, it has been said that Asia’s largest bar association is being neglected in the programme and lawyers are not being given proper place in the programme, nor are they being included.

President of High Court Bar Association Amarendra Nath Singh and the General Secretary has sent the resolution for information to the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, “with heavy hearts”.

An office-bearer of the Bar Association said that after the proposal was received, Mr Singh was called by the Acting Chief Justice for talks. After talks with them late in the evening, the decision to boycott has been postponed till Friday.

Bar’s General Secretary Prabha Shanker Mishra said that there have been positive talks with the acting Chief Justice. The decision on the boycott will be taken in the executive meeting on Friday.

Bar sources said that only 330 people are allowed to attend Mr Kovind’s programme under the Covid 19 protocol.

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This includes the High Court Justices, officers, district administration, police, media and dignitaries. The executive and office bearers of the Bar Association have been called, but the common advocates are not getting a place in the programme, due to which the Advocates are protesting, as a result of which the Bar Association has decided to boycott the programme in a resolution on Thursday.

President Kovind will visit the temple town tomorrow, to lay the foundation stone for the proposed multi-level parking and chamber for Law University and Advocates.

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