Lawyers stay off district courts
Work in all the six district courts in the Capital came to a halt on Wednesday as lawyers observed a day-long strike to protest the arrest of Anna Hazare and non-inclusion of higher judiciary in the lokpal bill.delhi Updated: Aug 18, 2011 01:08 IST
Work in all the six district courts in the Capital came to a halt on Wednesday as lawyers observed a day-long strike to protest the arrest of Anna Hazare and non-inclusion of higher judiciary in the lokpal bill.
The coordination committee of all Bar associations of Delhi said lawyers abstained from work at six district court complexes — Patiala House, Tis Hazari, Saket, Karkardooma, Rohini and Dwarka — in Anna's support.
The day-long strike by the lawyers led to adjournment of the proceedings in various cases, including that in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case at Patiala House court complex.
Special CBI judge OP Saini, who was scheduled to hear arguments by DB Group company directors Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal, opposing framing of charges against them, adjourned the hearing after striking lawyers requested him and the defence counsel for it. The court will now hear arguments on Thursday.
Around 100 lawyers, affiliated to 'Adhivakta Parishad', a wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), also organised a protest outside the Delhi high court premises. They later marched to India Gate to join other protesters.
“His (Anna's) words carry weight and common people are with him. Corruption is an issue which must be addressed immediately as it is affecting the country,” Thakur Virendra Pratap, a member of Adhivakta Parishad, said.
The lawyers also organised 'dharnas' and held rallies at Shahdara as well as Kashmere Gate ISBT and recited bhajans of Mahatma Gandhi before beginning their march, the lawyers' body said.
First Published: Aug 18, 2011 01:06 IST