Kolkata: In a setback to litigants, the one-and-half-month long cease work at the Calcutta High Court demanding appointment of judges, is extended by another fortnight by lawyers’ associations.
A total of about 10,000 lawyers are on strike, paralysing the operations of the country’s oldest High Court. 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 Calcutta High Court Bar Association in a general body meeting decided to extend the protest till April 18. The two other associations – Bar Library Club and Incorporated Law Society – followed suit in view of the decision taken by the largest body of lawyers.
The association will hold another general body meeting on April 19 to review the situation and decide the next course of action.
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.