Lawyers protest enters third day
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 19:09
Kanpur: For the third day in a row, lawyers here observed a strike and carried out a peace march on Saturday, demanding justice for their deceased colleague Vinay Kumar Singh who allegedly committed suicide.

Work at the city courts remained stalled for the third consecutive day as around 500 lawyers carried out the march and paid tribute to the deceased lawyer, who had allegedly committed suicide on January 19 after his wife Uma, a primary school teacher in Farrukhabad, was not transferred despite his repeated plea to the authorities.

In his suicide note, Singh had blamed Anant Kumar Mishra, state Health Minister and BSP MLA from Farrukhabad, for not paying heed to his request.

"Since state Health Minister Anant Mishra is a lawyer and a member of Kanpur Bar Association, we have decided to suspend him from his membership. He does not have any right to continue as its member," said Ajit Shukla, Chairperson of Kanpur Bar Association.

Members of the Bar Association have met the district officials and have demanded an immediate inquiry in the circumstances that led to the suspension of Singh's wife from her service, Shukla said.

Meanwhile, political leaders of various parties visited the family of the deceased and expressed their condolence.

"There is so much corruption around that the common man's faith from the system is slowly depleting. It's a serious matter as a Minster is involved. We will ensure that this matter is taken up in the Assembly so that the guilty is punished and justice is delivered to the family," UP BJP chief Surya Pratap Shahi said.


First Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 19:09

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