Jammu Chamber dissociates from bandh call

TILAK MEHRA. Dated: 4/11/2018 12:36:05 PM

Issues of Rohingyas, Kathua rape incident sub-judice: Gupta

JAMMU, Apr 10: Hours ahead of ‘Jammu Bandh call’ for tomorrow given by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Jammu (JKHCBAJ), the Jammu Chamber of Commerce Industry (JCCI) Tuesday disassociated itself from shutdown call stating that the decision for it (shutdown call) was ‘unilateral, ignoring the facts.’
While specifying the reasons elaborately for not supporting the shutdown call, the JCCI also ‘advised the Bar president to reconsider the Jammu Bandh call.”
In the meanwhile, one of the constituents of the Chamber, Ware House Traders Federation led by its president Rattan Lal Gupta has extended its support to “the demands of BAJ for Jammu cause.”
However, JCCI president Rakesh Gupta, while addressing media today, in a sequential order clarified the Chamber’s stand on various issues chosen by JKHCBAJ for announcing Bandh call.
With regard to deportation of Rohingyas and CBI probe into Kathua minor rape and murder case, Rakesh Gupta stated the Chamber did not support Bandh call as they (issues) were sub-judice pending before the Supreme Court of India and the J&K High Court respectively for adjudication.
Gupta said, “JCCI always considered the Bar Association of Jammu as an elderly body but the Jammu Bandh announced by the Bar Association is a unilateral decision ignoring the facts hence JCCI does not support this call for Bandh.”
Specifying the reasons for not supporting shutdown, JCCI president said as far as Rohingya issue was concerned, it was JCCI which alarmed and warned on the “issue of their (Rohingyas’) settlement in the state of J&K in April last year, as such settlement of foreigners was not only a security threat but also in contravention of the provisions of Article 370 of the constitution.”
“Now the matter of deportation of Rohingyas is sub-judice and pending before the Supreme Court of India. It is the constant perusal of the matter by JCCI that the MHA has categorically stated that no more fresh entry of Rohingyas shall be allowed in the state of J&K without their permission,” Gupta said.
He stated that Rasana rape and murder of an eight year child “is a heinous crime irrespective of caste, creed and religion and who-so-ever is found guilty should be awarded highest punishment as provided under law.” “The fact is that the investigation by the Crime Branch is being monitored by the High Court and the charge sheet has also been filed so it is a sub-judice matter and it is entirely up to the judiciary to see the authenticity of the charge sheet and decide the same or handover to CBI for further investigation,” he said.
Referring to another issue raised by HCBAJ i.e., minutes of the meeting regarding tribals, JCCI president said that the minutes of the meeting regarding tribals had no constitutional validity. “JCCI has a firm stand that law of the land shall prevail and no special treatment will be given to encroachers of land or those guilty of bovine smuggling,” he said.
With regard to Nowshera agitation, Gupta said it was only the JCCI team that visited Nowshera after 34 days of continuous Bandh observed by one and all for the demand of district status. “The JCCI still supports the demand of people of Nowshera for district status as it is the oldest division but as of now the agitation by the people there has been suspended after getting ADC and government has assured the JCCI that as an when the process of identifying new districts is done Nowshera will be announced a district on priority basis,” he said.
“The JCCI would like to advise the Bar president to reconsider the Jammu Bandh call. Factually the code of conduct for elections should have been in force as the elections of Bar are due on April 19, 2018. The Chamber feels that such major decisions should definitely be taken together, but after mutual consultations. JCCI is committed to work with the Bar Association on the issues based on logic only, but not on politically motivated issues,” Gupta said.



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