Kolkata: After the long 69 days protest, Lawyers are set to resume work from Monday after a gap of 70 days, as their demand for appointment of judges has been met partially. The lawyers were on a ceasework strike over the demand.
This was the longest ceasework by lawyers in the history of the high court, surpassing the previous ceasework, which lasted for two months in 2002 in protest against the hike in stamp duty by the West Bengal government.
The month long cease work may already have impacted nearly 10,000 cases. The lawyers’ bodies—Calcutta High Court Bar Association, Bar Library Club and Incorporated Law Society—will meet on Tuesday to decide the fate of the stir that has been on since February 18.
The three bodies — Calcutta High Court Bar Association, Bar Library Club and the Incorporated Law Society felt that mere assurances by the Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad isn’t enough to call off the strike.
The Calcutta High Court had 2.2 lakh cases pending in January 2018. In all, 5,250 cases were disposed that month but 4,979 fresh cases were lodged.
Earliet to break the ongoing cease work at the Calcutta High Court, Acting Chief Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya and two of his senior-most colleagues, Justice Anirudha Bose and Justice Debasish Kar Gupta urged the lawyers’ bodies to withdraw their agitation.
The Bar Association, which had on April 26 extended the ceasework till May 11 with the rider that the agitation would stand withdrawn automatically if new appointments to the judiciary are made in the meantime, called off the agitation following the notification.