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Poster that divides lawyers

SUDDEN APPEARANCE of a poster at various places on the civil and high court premises on Saturday requesting lawyers to join on April 17 the ongoing protest against the order of contempt against 13 of their colleagues has divided the legal fraternity.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 01:46 IST

SUDDEN APPEARANCE of a poster at various places on the civil and high court premises on Saturday requesting lawyers to join on April 17 the ongoing protest against the order of contempt against 13 of their colleagues has divided the legal fraternity.

The poster carried not only names of the judges of the high court who issued the contempt notice but also of some prominent lawyers allegedly supporting the strike.

The name of the president of the Central Bar Association, Shiv Sharan Upadhayaya, also was printed. Interestingly, name of a movie hall owner, Shiv Narain Agrawal, was also printed as the host.

This sparked tension in the civil court and four former presidents of the Central Bar Association opened a front against this. Rama Shankar Singh, KC Bhasin, Amlesh Asthana and Raj Kumar Yadav convened an emergency meeting at the residence of Singh. The meeting was attended by over four hundred lawyers, including former presidents of the Lucknow Bar Association, Bodh Lal Shukla, Vijay Chaturvedi and president of the high court based Avadh Bar Association, Dr. Ashok Nigam who is also an Additional Solicitor-General of India.

Interestingly, the name of the general secretary of the Avadh Bar, Vishal Dixit, figured in the poster as the host.

Dr. Nigam said the contents of the poster were a fresh contempt and prominent lawyers whose names figured in the poster must dissociate themselves from it. He said lawyers with constructive psyche must unite to defeat destructive forces.

Most of the speakers at the meeting condemned the poster and also condemned the lawyers whose acts in the recent past had undermined the image of lawyers at large. The meeting was also addressed by former general secretaries of the Central Bar Association, Sunil dwivedi and Rajesh Srivastava and former vice president Anil Pratap Singh.

The meeting resolved that the lawyers against the poster would sport white ribbons on their black coat on April 17. The meeting also formed a steering committee comprising 21 prominent lawyers to adopt measures to restore normalcy on the court campus.