JAMMU, APR 10:
The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries (JCCI) today decided to keep away from the general strike tomorrow called by the Jammu Bar Association (JBA) over various issues, including deportation of Rohingyas from Jammu and handing over of the Kathua rape-and-murder case to the CBI.
“There is no justification for the strike called by the Jammu High Court Bar Association for tomorrow as both the issues are sub-judice. Hence, the JCCI does not support this call for the bandh,” JCCI president Rakesh Gupta said here.
The Jammu Bar had called for a general strike in Jammu region on April 11, claiming support from civil society, political parties and other bodies, including the JCCI.
“The issues raised by the association lacks justification to call for a strike We should have faith in our judiciary,” Gupta said. The JCCI president said the Rohingya issue was being heard by the Supreme court while the crime branch investigation into the Rassana rape-and-murder case was being monitored by the high court.
Gupta said chamber is apolitical and was the first organisation which raised the issue of deportation of Rohingyas last year. Stating that the strike call was based on the unilateral decision of the Bar, he advised the lawyers’ body to reconsider its decision and call off the strike.
He requested the Bar to not interfere in the business activities during its bandh tomorrow and said “the organisation will not tolerate such a thing”.