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Strike breaks tradition

THE INDEFINITE strike by Class III and IV employees of the high court here snipped at an age-old tradition. While the strike affected the filing of fresh cases, it also affected a long-preserved tradition that when a judge takes his seat in the court an orderly escorts him.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2006 11:19 IST
Padm Kirti

THE INDEFINITE strike by Class III and IV employees of the high court here snipped at an age-old tradition.

While the strike affected the filing of fresh cases, it also affected a long-preserved tradition that when a judge takes his seat in the court an orderly escorts him.

The orderly, in white uniform and a turban, clears the way for the judge as he walks through the court gallery. In the courtroom too, an orderly stands behind the judge and when his lordship takes leave, the orderly pulls the chair for him.

This also serves as an indicator for all present in the courtroom to stand up in honour of the judge. The tradition keeps alive the old proverb of ‘Majesty of the Law.’

However, on Tuesday the tradition was broken. When senior judge Justice Jagdish Bhalla and Justice AK Singh came on to the dais they were escorted by orderlies who were not in uniform but in plainclothes.

The sight shocked Bar members. So at 1.15 pm, when the judges were about to retire to the chambers, senior member of the Bar SK Awasthi addressed the bench and requested the judges to ask the orderlies-turned-peons to leave the dais.  He also requested the judges to take action against the erring employees.The judges immediately ordered the peon to leave the dais. They later retired to the chamber ‘unescorted.’