Chandigarh: Lawyers’ protest hits courts’ functioning

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2015 22:29 IST

Thousands of lawyers of the Punjab and Haryana high court and those of various district courts in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh abstained from work on Monday.

Chairman, Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Rakesh Gupta said the protest was successful at the high court as well as in district courts in both states and the union territory as lawyers did not participate in court proceedings. “The future course of action will also decided in accordance with the Bar Council of India’s decision,” he added.

The hearing in cases listed before various benches at the high court was adjourned and no business could be transacted. The courts would start normal functioning from Tuesday. The lawyers abstained from work on a nationwide call by the Bar Council of India (BCI) in protest against the alleged murder of a lawyer at an Allahabad court in Uttar Pradesh on March 11.

The BCI on March 12 had written to all state Bar councils to abstain from work to condemn the killing, allegedly by police, on the court premises in Allahabad. The BCI has demanded a judicial probe into the incident and an ex gratia payment of Rs 50 lakh to the victim’s family. According to reports, a sub-inspector shot dead lawyer Nabi Ahmad on the district court premises on Wednesday after some lawyers reportedly threatened to beat him following an altercation.

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