HC agrees to Bar Association’s demands

Increases Bar fund from Rs 50 to Rs 100, to release Rs 5 lakh grant-in-aid for purchase of books


Srinagar: A week after their token strike, the J&K High Court on Tuesday conceded to the demands by Kashmir’s lawyers’ body by raising the Bar Fund from existing Rs 50 to Rs 100 to be charged on each sale deed at the time of registration by the concerned Sub Registrars.

According to a statement by Registrar General of the court, the High Court directed all the Sub Registrars to collect Rs 100 on every sale deed presented for registration before them and the amount so collect shall be credited to the Advocates Welfare Fund.
The high court also agreed to release Rs 5 lakh out of Rs 6.9 lakh available grant-in-aid for the purchase of books for distribution among the Bar Associations.
The Bar had sought release of Rs 25 lakhs which according the association was promised to be paid for High Court Bar Library by the erstwhile Chief Justice so that the books for the Bar library are purchased. The Bar Library suffered massive damage in last year’s floods.
On the demand of reducing the allotment fee of Advocate Chambers at the High Court complex to the minimum and make allotment of chambers as early as possible, the high court said that a committee of judges comprising Justices Hasnain Massodi and Ali Muhammad Magray is seized of the matter.
Regarding the demand of expediting construction of subordinate court complex and lawyers chambers at Mominabad, the high court said that the progress of the construction was being monitored in a Public Interest Litigation and therefore no further consideration on the administration side was required.
About the demand of making the lifts functional at Subordinate court Sanatnagar here at Bemina and also direct the Principal District Judge to manage some temporary roofing of canvas type of the compound there so that the lawyers escape and save themselves from heat, the Registrar General said that the matter has been already take up with the concerned authorities as per the directions by the Chief Justice.