Delhi: Lawyers strike work in district courts



New Delhi: Work in all district courts, barring Patiala House court, in the capital was on Monday affected with lawyers protesting the Delhi government's decision of increasing the revenue and judicial districts from 9 to 11.

"Nearly 50,000 lawyers abstained from work today and it was a complete strike in all the District Courts of Delhi," R N Vats, Chairman of the Co-ordination Committee of All District Court Bar Associations of Delhi, claimed.

After today's strike, the lawyers' body is now planning its future course of action which it said may include "gherao of Delhi Secretariat and also a demonstration at the residence of Delhi Chief Minister."

The Committee said that the government's move of adding two more revenue districts lacks justification and is "mere wastage of public money."

The usually chaotic Tis Hazari courts complex also witnessed a dip in the activity with lawyers abstaining from appearing before the court.

Nitin Ahlawat, Honorary Secretary of the Committee, said the strike at Tis Hazari court was a complete success.

Work at Dwarka, Saket, Karkardooma and Rohini court complexes was also affected.

Patiala House court, however, worked as usual with the proceedings in the high-profile 2G spectrum scam case also remaining unaffected.

Sources in the New Delhi Bar Association (NDBA) said that only a "normal strike" was observed in the Patiala House Courts complex here.

"We were with the lawyers body only for solidarity and regular work was not affected," they said.

Vinod Bhardwaj, General Secretary of the Committee, in a statement said that "Co-ordination Committee shall meet very soon and decide further course of action which may be gherao of Delhi Secretariat and also arrange a demonstration at the residence of Chief Minister of Delhi."

Satya Narain Sharma, Honorary Secretary of Rohini Court Bar Association said that the lawyers should not tolerate the highhandedness of the Delhi government.

"Bureaucrats are misleading the Government, which is bent upon to curb the public at large. Courts are not a means to earn money but the government wants to do that," he said.

NC Sharma, President of Dwarka Bar Association, said they will continue the strike tomorrow also in Dwarka court if their demands are not met.

PTI