New Delhi: Lawyers Wednesday observed a one-day token strike in all the six district courts and led a protest march from Supreme Court to the Parliament in support of social activist Anna Hazare.
As per reports, as many as seventy lawyers participated in the protest march shouting anti-government slogans and chanting ‘Vante Matram’ express their anger against the police action on Anna Hazare and hundreds of his supporters.
The striking lawyers entered the court room and requested
Special CBI Judge O P Saini and defence counsel to adjourn the
proceedings for the day in support of their token strike.
The Special court, which was scheduled to hear arguments
on charges against Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal, Directors of
a DB group company and accused in the 2G spectrum scam,
adjourned the matter till 1 pm due to the strike.
The Co-ordination Committee of All Bar Associations of
Delhi, has condemned the government`s act in arresting Hazare,
saying it was done to curtail his fundamental right to protest
against rampant corruption.
"The strike in all the six district courts is successful and no work is being done at all. We will organize a `dharna` today at Tiz Hazari Courts complex from 12 noon to 2 pm," Sanjeev Nassiar, Secretary General of the committee, said.
Due to advocates` strike, the work in all the six district courts -- Patiala House, Tiz Hazari, Karkardooma,
Saket, Rohini and Dwarka Courts -- has come to a halt.
The committee had said the government`s act of arresting
Hazare has given a clear message to the citizens that it is
not interested in taking measures to minimise corruption at the top level. Hazare is not fighting for himself but for the whole society.
It said the lawyers of the country feels government cannot subvert the provisions of the Constitution by arresting
those who are working in the interest of the nation as well as
the whole society.
The lawyers` body said that they are also "amazed" by the
statement of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding exclusion
of judiciary from the ambit of Lokpal Bill.