2G: Proceedings interrupted by striking lawyers

The trial in the 2G case began as scheduled in the morning with the examination of prosecution witness Tarun Das, a TRAI official.

New Delhi: The ongoing trial in the 2G case was disrupted on Thursday due to the day-long strike being observed by all district court lawyers to press for their demand to transfer property dispute cases from the Delhi High Court to lower courts.
The trial in the 2G case began as scheduled in the morning with the examination of prosecution witness Tarun Das, a Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) official, but it had to be adjourned after striking lawyers repeatedly entered the courtroom and requested to stop the proceedings.
"All the lawyers please go out of the court room. I am requesting you all and please cooperate with us. We are not fighting for an individual. We are fighting for the rights of you people (lawyers). This (2G) case is going on daily basis
and not much harm will be caused if it is adjourned for a day," New Delhi Bar Association Secretary Sunil Chaudhary told other lawyers present in the court room.

Special CBI Judge OP Saini adjourned the matter till tomorrow after the members of the bar association interrupted the proceedings thrice.

Rajiv Khosla, spokesperson of the Co-ordination Committee
of the bar associations of all the six district courts,
claimed, "The strike is a complete success. Not even a single
lawyer is appearing in any matter in any trial court".

At present, all property disputes up to the value of Rs
20 lakh are handled by district courts and those exceeding the
amount are taken up by the High Court, he said, pointing out
that 95 percent properties in Delhi are valued more than that
as per the new circle rates announced by the government.

Khosla said the decision to go on a day-long strike was
taken last week by the bars` co-ordination committee to draw
attention of the Centre and the Delhi government to the plight
of litigants who have to approach the Delhi High Court for
settlement of their civil disputes irrespective of the fact
that it causes "great inconvenience" to them.

He also claimed the time taken in disposal of a case in
the high court is approximately 10 to 12 years in comparison
to two to three years taken by a district court.


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