NBA condemns threats against legal professionals

 

[ 17th of November ]

Nepal Bar Association (NBA), the umbrella organisation of lawyers in the country, has denounced the threats of physical attack on legal professionals by the Maoist-affiliated trade union.

Saying that hotel workers affiliated to Maoist trade union issued threats to advocates Jyoti Baniya and Ramchandra Simkhada for filing a writ petition at the Supreme Court against the 10 percent ‘service charge’ levied by hotels and restaurants, NBA has expressed serious concern over the Maoist trade union’s activities against the advocates.

“NBA warns of protest if professional lawyers are threatened while carrying out their profession in future,” NBA President Bishwo Kanta Mainali said in a statement Thursday

On Thursday, the union workers had staged a protest rally against the lawsuit and advocate Baniya. They had also vandalised the offices of Baniya and Simkhada for filing the lawsuit.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday brought the controversy to an end by quashing the public interest litigation questioning the charge on the ground of consumers’ rights, deciding to allow hotels to collect the 10 percent service charge.