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Lawyers cripple court functioning

VIRTUALLY CHALLENGING the orders of the high court to maintain discipline in the courts, a section of lawyers of the subordinate courts paralysed the functioning of the district courts here on Monday.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 01:32 IST

VIRTUALLY CHALLENGING the orders of the high court to maintain discipline in the courts, a section of lawyers of the subordinate courts paralysed the functioning of the district courts here on Monday.

They caused traffic jam outside the courts, did not allow litigants to enter the court and raised slogans using loud speakers.

A joint meeting of the lawyers was convened outside the civil court compound under the chairmanship of president of the Central Bar Association Shiv Saran Upadhayaya. Lawyers, including Parshu Ram Mishra, Kanchan Lata Gaur, Vijay Chaturvedi, Jyotiresh Pandey and Amar Veer Prasad, were present at the meeting, which resolved to continue to abstain from judicial functioning till the high court withdrew the order banning the entry of 13 lawyers to the court compound.

Some lawyers also raised slogans against a Hindi daily that published news about the conduct of the said lawyers.

They did not allow functioning of courts and announced that they would continue to do so on Wednesday as well.

Meanwhile, lawyer Sudhir and his brother Sushil Srivastava, accused in a murder case, surrendered on Monday in the court of chief judicial magistrate Dharam raj Mishra, after the division bench of the court cancelled their bail application granted by additional district judge KK Sharma. They were sent to jail till April 22 next. More than 50 police personnel were present outside the court room of the CJM.

It may be recalled that a division bench of the high court, comprising Justice OP Srivastava and Justice Shailendra Saxena, suo-motu took cognizance of newspaper reports that a group of lawyers had pressurised a judge to grant bail in connection with the murder of a boy just because the accused were a lawyer and his brother.

The bench on Friday last not only cancelled the bail but also restrained 13 lawyers who had allegedly pressurised the judge from entering the court compound.

The bench further directed the DGP, DM and principal secretary, Home, to remain present in the court on April 12 to explain as to why adequate security had not been provided in the court compound despite earlier orders in this regard.