Kolkata: Three associations on Friday announced a five-day cease-work at Calcutta High Court from Monday to protest delay in filling up 45 vacant posts of judges. The three associations represents over 11,000 lawyers in a row.
The court currently functions with just 27 judges against the sanctioned strength of 72 posts. Leaders of the Calcutta High Court Bar Association, Bar Library Club and Incorporate Law Society jointly announced the strike.
Lawyers have said the high court will come to a grinding halt for a week as Saturdays and Sundays are holidays. We seek apology from our litigants. We have been forced to take the path of cease-work,” said the president of the Bar Association, Uttam Majumdar.
On January 15, the Bar Association had announced an indefinite cease-work if the vacant posts of high court judges were not filled in a month. Mitra said the high court did not have even a permanent chief justice.
“Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya is the acting chief justice. Two months back, we came to know that Justice Bhattacharya would be sworn in as the chief justice. Justice Bhattacharya will retire in September this year.”
The lawyer bodies have also requested the judges “not to pass adverse orders” during the cease-work period. The judges have the right to dismiss any petition due to absence of lawyers in the court.
“Existing judges have to take tremendous load to handle cases. Litigants are also suffering a lot. So, we hope all will support our move,” Majumdar said.