Lawyers resumed work in courts on Monday, 68 days after they went on a strike in protest against district judge Mahendra Singh, who had initiated contempt proceedings against the office-bearers of Jaipur bar association for disturbing court proceedings.
However, the advocates were divided on calling off the strike. A faction of the lawyers that was against calling off the strike, shouted slogans and roughed up Jaipur bar association president Gopesh Kumbhaj and secretary Sanjay Vyas. In the high court, lawyers favouring strike broke the name plate of high court bar association president Manoj Sharma and secretary Bhuvnesh Sharma.
Later, a general body meeting was called in the high court and lower court to discuss the issue. “We have resumed work today (Monday). Strike was called off yesterday (Sunday),” announced Bhuvnesh Sharma, accompanied by Manoj Sharma. He said that the high court bar association has announced fresh elections on November 14.
The lawyers’ strike was called off Sunday following a delegation of the lawyers met justice M Rafiq and justice MN Bhandari. After the discussions, some demands of the lawyers including curb on corruption in judiciary and ending nepotism and favouritism in appointment of judges were accepted by the judges.
According to sources, Chief Justice of India RM Lodha, who was on a visit to Rajasthan on Saturday, had directed chief justice Sunil Ambwani to look into the matter personally. After that Justice M Rafiq called a delegation of the lawyers for the talks. Justice Ambwani would look into the demand of transfer of district justice Mahendra Singh, justice Lodha told media persons.