Delhi lawyers on strike against apex court decision

May 15th, 2008 - 10:58 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Lawyers at the Tis Hazari courts here went on a strike Thursday protesting the Supreme Court’s endorsement to a plan to divide the capital into nine judicial districts. The lawyers approached the apex court challenging the formation of more district courts in the capital, which they said would benefit only judicial officers.

Delhi Bar Association (Tis Hazari courts) president Rajiv Khosla said: “We have high regard for the judiciary but, at the same time, the functions of the government cannot be taken over by the courts.”

He added the strike would continue Friday.

“The executive committee is highly aggrieved by the unconstitutional order of the apex court, which ultimately provides benefit only to the judicial officers at the cost of litigants and general public at large,” said Jaiveer Singh Chauhan, secretary of the Delhi Bar Association.

He said the lawyers would approach the chief justice of India to refer the matter to the constitutional bench for deciding whether the apex court by its order can create districts in a state on the request of judicial officers without prior approval and enactment by the state legislature.

The Delhi High Court has already declared the strike illegal and said it would not tolerate any hardship to the litigant public.

“The state of affairs cannot be tolerated any longer. The lawyers must know that enough is enough and everything has a limit,” a bench said.

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