Lawyers continue to boycott Calcutta HC judge

The boycott of a bench headed by a Calcutta High Court judge by lawyers continued for the 10th working day on Tuesday over the Bar Association's demand for an apology by Justice Girish Gupta on allegations of misbehaviour.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 04, 2015, 18:33 PM IST

Kolkata: The boycott of a bench headed by a Calcutta High Court judge by lawyers continued for the 10th working day on Tuesday over the Bar Association's demand for an apology by Justice Girish Gupta on allegations of misbehaviour.

A meeting of the Bar Association's general body held today to find a solution to the deadlock remained inconclusive as the members could not reach unanimity.

"We could not reach any conclusion and as such the meeting was adjourned," Calcutta High Court Bar Association general secretary Suranjan Dasgupta told a news agency.

Justice Gupta, who is being boycotted by the lawyers, has directed the Association leadership to represent itself before his court tomorrow and explain whether such boycott can be resorted to and who were preventing litigants from entering his court room.

"Our senior counsels will appear before Justice Gupta's court and explain our stand," he said.

Justice Gupta sat in his court as on previous days and the list was called out. However, as there was no lawyer present in the court room, he rose and retired to his chamber later in the day.

The Bar Association had said in its resolution on July 22 that owing to misbehaviour and insult meted out to advocates for a pretty long time, it took a resolution to abstain and refrain from attending the bench headed by Justice Gupta.

The Bar Association wrote to Chief Justice Manjula Chellur that lawyers would not attend the court of Justice Gupta till he apologises to the lawyers.