Delhi: District courts lawyers go on strike
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 11, 2011, 21:23
New Delhi: Lawyers on Thursday went on a day-long strike in all six district courts here in protest against delay in transferring power to lower courts to hear all civil cases irrespective of the money involved in it.

The call of strike impacted hearing of cases, including the high-profile 2G case where lawyers, appearing for Reliance Telecom, were forced to stop advancing arguments.

"There was a complete strike in district courts. This is a strike in public interest. If the jurisdiction is transferred to trial courts, then lawyers assure citizens that civil cases would be decided in two years," Rajiv Khosla, spokesperson of Co-ordination Committee of all Bar Association of Delhi, said.

The lawyers did not appear even in urgent matters, the committee, in its release, said.

The litigants and witnesses, who came to attend or depose in their matters, had a tough time at Patiala House, Tis Hazari, Karkardooma, Rohini, Dwarka and Saket district courts complexes as striking lawyers drove them out.

The striking lawyers stayed away from the proceedings of Special CBI Judge O P Saini who has been asked by the Supreme Court to hear the 2G case on a day-to-day basis.

"I don't want any scene in my courtroom," the CBI Judge reacted when lawyers barged inside and asked advocates of Hari Nair, senior Vice President of Reliance ADAG, to stop arguing and join their strike.

The judge, hearing arguments on charges against Nair, told the defence counsel to take a break for sometime.

As lawyers were forced to come out, the accused, including former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and other corporate honchos themselves put forward their case before the judge.

The court, however, was unable to resume its work and adjourned the hearing for tomorrow.


First Published: Thursday, August 11, 2011, 21:23

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