Calcutta High Court To Continue The Strike


Kolkata: Calcutta High Court to continue the strike. The Calcutta High Court Bar Association to held a meeting on Thursday regarding the ongoing strike in Calcutta High Court and decided to continue the ceasework till May 11.

The decision was taken at a general body meeting of the Bar where the pro-strike group forced the other side to adopt a resolution to continuing with the agitation at least till the four new judges are sworn in.

Though a section of lawyers who wanted to end the protest that has crippled the court for over two months, the strike continues. Earlier, an RTI activist filed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking court intervention to bring an end to the cease work that has put common people in great trouble.

The Centre has cleared the four names, all advocates of the court, and sent them to the President for their appointment.The papers have already reached Calcutta.

The strike, called by Bar Association of Calcutta High Court and supported by Bar Library and Incorporated Law Society, started on February 18 to press for immediate appointment of judges in the court.

A total of 10,000 advocates are on strike, paralysing the operations of the country’s oldest high court. There are more than 2.2 lakh pending cases at Calcutta high court.

Though there is a sanctioned strength of 72 judges at the Calcutta High Court, there are only 33 right now. Two of these 33 judges are deputed at Port Blair circuit bench, thus effectively reduces the number to 31.

The Bar Association has argued is that except Karnataka High Court, every high court in the country has more than 50-60% of the sanctioned strength of judges. Only Calcutta High Court is functioning with 45% strength, it has said.

This is the longest strike by lawyers at the court. The earlier record was a 45-day strike in 2004. It was part of a statewide stir against a sharp revision of stamp duty rates in which lawyers from all courts in West Bengal participated.