Patna: Thousands of lawyers in Bihar began a weeklong strike on Tuesday to protest against evening courts that were introduced in the state in December last year.
Bihar State Bar Council chairman Baleshwar Prasad Sharma said nearly 80,000 lawyers have joined the strike. The lawyers, including those from the Patna High Court, district courts and sub-divisional courts, are staying away from work.
"Lawyers will abstain from the court from February 15 to 21 to protest the launch of evening courts in Bihar," Sharma said. He said it would not be possible to hold such courts, introduced by Patna High Court, due to lack of infrastructure.
An evening court each has been functional in 30 of the 38 districts in Bihar since December 6, 2010.
Sharma said the lawyers` protest would continue till the High Court notification for running evening courts was withdrawn.
Sharma said except for Gujarat, at 10 places, including three in Karnataka, two in Maharashtra and three in Kerala, evening courts had been started with the consent of the respective state bar councils.
In other states, the proposal for running evening courts were withdrawn. Even in Orissa, evening courts were closed two days ago due to protests by the bar council, he said.