City lawyers strike work

Lawyers on Monday did not go to work in protest against the government’s move to create two more revenue districts. At least six courts across Delhi were affected due to the protest, said the Bar Association.

Creation of two more revenue districts will increase the number of magisterial courts, waste public money and will be inconvenient to litigants, the lawyers said.

The functioning of courts were partially hampered, though hearing of corruption cases related to the 2G and Commonwealth Games scams were unaffected.

“Fifty-thousand lawyers in the city have abstained from work and it was a complete strike in all the district courts of Delhi,” said the coordination committee of the District Bar Association of Delhi.

The lawyers said creating two more revenue districts is an “arbitrary decision” and will be a huge waste of public money. “The strike paralysed work in six districts of courts. Patiala House complex was partially affected,” said president of Rohini Court Bar Association B S Rana.

According to Vinod Bhardwaj, general secretary of the coordination committee, if the government does not change its decision, they may gherao the Secretariat and protest at the house of chief minister Sheila Dikshit. The city government in July agreed to create two additional revenue districts in east and north Delhi.

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