There was high drama at the Rajasthan high court on Thursday with 11 additional advocate generals (AAGs) tendering their resignations to advocate general NM Lodha in support of the lawyers’ agitation.
Though Lodha confirmed AAGs’ resignations, sources said this has no meaning as their resignations have to be addressed to the chief minister. AAG PS Bhati faxed his one-line resignation to the advocate general: “I hereby resign from the post of additional advocate general.”
“This is the toughest day in my 23 years long practice as lawyer. I have decided to resign for the dignity of the bar and bench,” Bhati told media persons in his office in Jodhpur.
Another AAG Shyam Sunder Ladrech after his resignation said, “Both, the bar and the bench are equally respected for us and just to honor the dignity of the bar and bench, I too decided to resign.”
Addressing reporters, Rajasthan advocates sangharsh samiti office-bearers said in the capital that the strike would continue until their demands were met. The lawyers condemned the government advertisement seeking new advocates who don’t go on strike. They also slammed Justice Gobind Mathur’s statement of Wednesday that he could cancel registration of the advocates, who are not attending courts. Lawyers are on strike for the past 64 days, demanding transfer of the judge who initiated contempt proceedings against office-bearers of the Jaipur bar association.