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Delhi Bar assn appeals to Indore Bar to strike work

INDORE DISTRICT Bar Association has found a sympathiser in Delhi Bar Association, which has sought justice for itself and has charged Delhi High Court with flouting the Supreme Court directives.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 15:15 IST

INDORE DISTRICT Bar Association has found a sympathiser in Delhi Bar Association, which has sought justice for itself and has charged Delhi High Court with flouting the Supreme Court directives.

Both the Associations are battling against shifting of the court premises and corruption and nepotism that has set in judiciary.

A letter of appeal sent by Delhi Bar Association Rajiv Khosla and honorary secretary Sanjeev Nasiar to Indore Bar reveals striking similarity between the problems the two share.

The letter sent by Asia’s largest bar association has appealed to the Indore bar to observe token strike in support of its demand tomorrow. Delhi lawyers who began agitation from January 2 this year will stage demonstration at Parliament House tomorrow morning and has asked bar associations across the country to join it.

The Delhi Bar has protested shifting of courts to a place where facilities like single chamber, parking space, canteen, typing block are absent and thus they are forced to work in humiliating conditions.

The Delhi Bar, which said that judicial complex has facilities only for the judges, demanded that lawyers deserve the same respect and dignity that should be afforded to a court official.

Although the Supreme Court had stayed the shifting of premises in response to writ filed by Delhi Bar, the Delhi High Court overlooked the directive and chose the place on its own to shift Delhi courts without consulting the lawyers, Khosla alleged in the appeal sent here.

He further alleged that the Delhi HC violated the stay order as it has support of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Y K Sabbarwal who is heading the bench where the bar association’s petition was pending for disposal. They added that despite their appeal to post the matter before the senior most bench, CJI retained the application for hearing with his bench after which it was delisted.

Concluding the letter of appeal, Delhi Bar Association observed that the judges want to throttle its voice to prevent it from raising issues like corruption, favouritism in judiciary in future so that there would be none to question their authority and abuse of powers.

Back home, Indore Bar Association has disputed the proposal to shift district court to Pipaliyahana pond land and insisted that sales tax office located on its premises should be shifted for it has no utility on the existing location. Submitting a memorandum to MP Chief Justice A K Patnaik during his visit here recently, Association president Surendra Verma and secretary Mukesh Jain had complained against the working of family court lawyers and Judicial Magistrates Muvel and R P Soni.

“We are issuing letters to public representatives against shifting of court premises. We will launch public agitation if the district court is shifted,” Verma informed.


No strike
DESPITE IDENTICAL problems, Indore District Bar Association has decided to avoid token strike of lawyers tomorrow. Association president Surendra Kumar Verma convened a meeting with office bearers this evening to deliberate on the token strike call given by Delhi Bar Association. But the 12 office bearers couldn’t reach a consensus on the issue. The strike call, therefore, was ignored.

First Published: Feb 17, 2006 15:15 IST