Calcutta High Court Cease Work: Lawyers To Decide On Work Today

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Kolkata: 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.

This cease work at the high court is the longest since the two-month strike over stamp duty hike in 2002. 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 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.

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.

Earlier Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, at a meeting with a delegation of lawyers’ bodies in New Delhi on Friday had appealed to them to withdraw the cease-work.

The Centre had assured the lawyers that seven names recommended by the Calcutta High Court has already been sent to the Supreme Court Collegium with the Intelligence Bureau reports. According to the Calcutta High Court calendar the HC will remain closed for its fortnight long summer break from May 18-June 3.

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