Go to strike only if something serious happens to legal fraternity: CJI

Chennai: Expressing concern over loss of man-hours due to lawyers' striking work over various issues, Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan on Saturday suggested they resort to protest only if something serious happens to the legal fraternity or they run the risk of being "relegated" by society.

"A large number of days are lost by strike, which is very unfortunate. Resort to strike only if something serious happens to the legal fraternity," he said after inaugurating the High Court Judges Guest House here.

The frequent strikes add to woes of increasing pendency of cases as "it is very painful to not to dispose off cases," he said, adding cases should be disposed off in a maximum of two years.

By resorting to strikes, advocates were doing no good to society or their profession and there is a danger of their being "relegated" by the public if there are frequent boycotts of courts by advocates, he said.

Expressing concern over about 3.5 crore pending cases in courts across the country, the CJI said filing of cases has grown by 28 percent in the last few years.

"We are not able to bring it down significantly though we want to. Some states in the country don't pay enough attention to the judiciary. Unless there is a large number of courts, how can the pendency come down?" he said.

Bureau Report