Lawyers observe strike to protest Anna's arrest

The striking lawyers entered the court room and requested Special CBI Judge O P Saini and defence counsel to adjourn the proceedings for the day in support of their token strike.

The Special court, which was scheduled to hear arguments on charges against Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal, Directors of a DB group company and accused in the 2G spectrum scam, adjourned the matter till 1 pm due to the strike.

The Co-ordination Committee of All Bar Associations of Delhi, has condemned the government's act in arresting Hazare, saying it was done to curtail his fundamental right to protest against rampant corruption.

"The strike in all the six district courts is successful and no work is being done at all. We will organize a 'dharna' today at Tiz Hazari Courts complex from 12 noon to 2 pm," Sanjeev Nassiar, Secretary General of the committee, said.

Due to advocates' strike, the work in all the six district courts -- Patiala House, Tiz Hazari, Karkardooma, Saket, Rohini and Dwarka Courts -- has come to a halt.

The committee had said the government's act of arresting Hazare has given a clear message to the citizens that it is not interested in taking measures to minimise corruption at the top level. Hazare is not fighting for himself but for the whole society.

It said the lawyers of the country feels government cannot subvert the provisions of the Constitution by arresting those who are working in the interest of the nation as well as the whole society.

The lawyers' body said that they are also "amazed" by the statement of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding exclusion of judiciary from the ambit of Lokpal Bill.

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