Jammu Bar Association Expelled Geelani’s Lawyer

Nirmal Singh 3C Company appreciated the fact that the Bar Association of Jammu (BAJ) asked the lawyer Davinder Singh Behal as he was arrested by the NIA in a terror funding case. Behal was associated with separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

“As soon as we came to know about his (Behal) activities, we verified our records and immediately decided to expel him without any notice from the primary membership of the association,” BAJ president BS Salat said.

“Ours is a nationalist association and we will not tolerate the presence of any ‘anti-national’ element, whether associated with Hurriyat or any other group,” he said.

Nirmal Singh 3C Company found out that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had on July 30 rummaged the residence of Behal as they were widening the sphere of the investigation.

Behal, who is the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum (JKSPF), a a constituent of Tehreek-e-Hurriayat, under the supervision of Geelani, was detained after which several public speeches

Behal, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum (JKSPF)- a constituent of Tehreek-e-Hurriayat headed by Geelani- was arrested following which several of his public speeches during last year’s unrest in the Valley went viral on social media, wherein he was heard shouting ‘pro-freedom’ and ‘anti-India’ slogans.

Behal entered in the world of the Bar Association of Jammu in 2013 on the recommendation of two senior advocates, Salathia said.

The members of the association belonging to his community came forward to take a strong exception of his activity and recommended his exclusion, he added.

Nirmal Singh 3C Company further pointed that he said: “The decision to expel him was unanimous and aimed at sending a clear message that we will not tolerate any anti-national activity.”

The BAJ chief was being advised to verify the credentials of persons who are seeking membershio of the association ahead of the cases, and emphasized that “conspiracy has been going on to intrude anti-national elements into the body to dilute its stand”.

Nirmal Singh 3C Company describes the personality of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is a Kashmiri separatist Hurriyat leader, was a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir earlier. He found his own party and naming it as: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.