Pass bill on pecuniary jurisdiction: Lawyers body to Centre

 Lawyers of six district courts here today warned the central government that if the amended Bill regarding enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction of trial courts was not be passed soon, they would intensify their agitation and its vibrations would be felt in Parliament.

PTI| Updated: Dec 11, 2014, 21:16 PM IST

New Delhi: Lawyers of six district courts here today warned the central government that if the amended Bill regarding enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction of trial courts was not be passed soon, they would intensify their agitation and its vibrations would be felt in Parliament.

The co-ordination committee of all the district court bar associations of Delhi, which is observing an indefinite strike since December 9, said it was a "do or die" situation for them and they would not end their agitation until the Bill is tabled in Parliament.

"We will now give a new angle to this strike in coming days. We will jam the roads in Delhi and the vibrations of our protest will be felt in Parliament if the government will not table and pass the bill in this ongoing winter session," advocate R K Wadhwa, President of the committee, said at a press conference here.

Wadhwa asked why the bill has not been tabled despite a November 28, 2014 report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on personnel, public grievances, law and justice according its recommendation for enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction to Rs two crore for district courts of Delhi.

"We are not fighting for us. This is for the common people of Delhi," he said, adding, "Why this bill is not being tabled in Parliament? No discussion is required on this bill now. This bill should be tabled in this session."

Quoting the report of Parliamentary Committee, the lawyers said, "Statement of objects and reasons to the Bill mentions that enhancement of said jurisdiction would reduce the work load of High Court of Delhi as well as pendency therein and also provide justice at door steps of the litigant public with reduced cost of litigation and maximum convenience."

"This situation is like do or die for us. Either we get the pecuniary jurisdiction of up to Rs two crore in district courts here or we should be ready to go to any extent," advocate Vinod Sharma, spokesperson of the committee, said.

The lawyers' body said they had met Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay yesterday and he has assured that he would take up the matter with concerned authorities to pass the bill in this session.

The indefinite strike called by the committee today entered the third day affecting judicial work in the district courts at the Patiala House, Tis Hazari, Rohini, Karkardooma, Saket and Dwarka.

The committee has called for indefinite strike saying that despite assurances, the proposed Bill has found no mention in the agenda of present session of Parliament.

The committee also said that the full bench of the Delhi High Court had recommended to the Centre for enhancing pecuniary jurisdiction from existing Rs 20 lakh to Rs 2 crore.