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HUBBALLI SEDITION CASE: LAWYERS CHALLENGE HUBBALLI BAR ASSOCIATION’S REFUSAL TO REPRESENT KASHMIRI STUDENTS

HUBBALLI: A group of 24 advocates has filed a petition before the Karnataka High Court challenging the resolution passed by the Hubballi Bar Association in relation to the three Kashmiri students who were charged with sedition.

The petition is filed by Advocate BT Venkatesh and others.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Hemant Chandangoudar has posted the matter for hearing on February 20.

The plea states that the resolution passed by the Hubli Bar Association is illegal, without the force of law, and violates the fundamental right of the accused under Article 22(1) of the Constitution of India, which states that all persons who are arrested or detained have a fundamental right to be represented by a legal practitioner of their choice.

The petitioner further submitted that on February 17, when the accused persons were produced before the JMFC court at Hubballi, they were unrepresented by any advocate. This was a consequence of the resolution of the Hubballi Bar Association, the petition states. As a result, they were remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.

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