Advocate protection billRecently The Bar Council of India drafted its Advocate protection bill, stating the advocates and their families shall be given additional security , the Reason being extremely simple, the growing cases of kidnapping, death treats to the advocate and their families, increasing number of assaults on tese advocates preventing them to discharge their work and expertise. A committee of 7 members drafted this bill keeping in mind all the adversities that the advocates face daily.It further stated about the security that an advocate must receive for discharge of his duties. This bill clearly defined the defination of Advocate, Violent act. The bill proposed a fine of 50,000 which may extent o 1 lakh and a imprisonment of 6 months which may extent to 5 years. Also the bill stated the investigation to be done within 30 days of FIR and proper facility regarding the safety under police protection must be provided to the advocate during court hearings. Also constitution of a redressal committee consisting of 3 members will be provided for te grievances of these advocates and for fast and speedy decisions, this committee has been provided at each level of court, district, high as well as supreme court. Also the bill stated that no police officer shall arrest of investigate any advocate without the order of chief judicial magistrate.Also this provides a huge concept of providing social security to the advocates, every State and central government has to make provision for assistance to needy advocates in case of natural disaster. A sum of 15000 per month has to be deposited.
Now my question here is, this is definitely a great move as far as security of advocates is concerned, but do you feel with so much social security, lawyers might get a upper hand of misusing the same, as no doubt lawyers and practicing advocates are extremely smarter and cunning when it comes to implementing ethically the loopholes of judiciary. Please comment down your thoughts.