Lawyers of the six district courts in Delhi are set to go on strike from Tuesday to protest against the “delay” in tabling the Bill to enhance the pecuniary jurisdiction of courts to Rs 2 crore.
The coordination committee of bar associations of all district courts in Delhi said despite assurances, the Bill has found no mention in the agenda of Winter Session of Parliament.
“The Parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances, law and justice presented its report dated November 28, 2014, to Parliament, whereby it accorded the recommendation for enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction to Rs 2 crore for district courts of Delhi,” the committee said.
Despite assurance and recommendation for enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction for district courts at Patiala House, Tis Hazari, Rohini, Karkardooma, Saket and Dwarka, the Bill has not been tabled in Parliament,” the committee said.
Committee spokesperson advocate Vinod Sharma said the lawyers had decided to “hold an indefinite strike till the bill is tabled” and would consider options such as marching towards Parliament or the Law Ministry if no steps are taken to introduce the Bill.
District courts have been raising this demand for several years. In 212, the Delhi High Court had accepted the recommendation and issued a resolution to enhance the jurisdiction. The Delhi High Court (Amendment) bill has to be passed by Parliament to change the jurisdiction of the district courts.