Calcutta HC Lawyers Strike To Continue Till March 16

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Kolkata: The lawyers’ strike that has kept Calcutta High Court shut since February 19 was extended March 13 by the Bar Library Club and The Bar Association on Tuesday declared their protest since March 16.

The Bar Association and the Incorporate Law Society have lined up general body meetings on Tuesday to decide how long the cease-work will drag.

The Bar Library Club represents 850 barristers. The Bar Association has more than 10,000 general advocates as its members while the Incorporate Law Society is made up of nearly 450 attorneys.

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On Monday, a day before the Calcutta High Court Bar Association’s general body meeting, the Bar Library Club decided to continue with the cease-work till March 13. Senior Bar Association members, who met informally on Monday morning, also pressed for the cease-work.

“We wanted to meet Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on this. However, his department has failed to show the basic courtesy to even acknowledge our request. We have been told that similar lawyers stirs are on in Odhisa, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka high courts,” a senior lawyer said.

The Union law ministry had informed the high court last Friday that three senior advocates had been approved for elevation to the rank of judges and that the relevant papers would be sent soon.