Eye on votes, BJP comes to aid of striking district court advocates

The move, the members of the Bar claimed, came as the BJP was eyeing the lawyers’ vote in the capital.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published:December 16, 2014 9:37 am

The District Court Bar Association members on Monday called off their week-long strike after Union Law Minister “assured” them that the amended Bill on enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction of trial courts will be tabled in the current session of Parliament.

The breakthrough came after the co-ordination committee of the bar association met Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda. “We had a meeting with Prasad and the Union law minister. The law minister has assured us that he will take up the matter in the Cabinet meeting,” advocate R K Wadhwa, president of the co-ordination committee, said.

The official said Gowda also assured the bar association that he will make a statement in Parliament on Thursday regarding the issue. “The BJP leaders have assured us that the Bill will be tabled in the present winter session,” Wadhwa said.

The strike, which was opposed by a faction of the High Court Bar Association, took a political turn when the BJP state president took up the matter and announced the party’s support for the district lawyers.

The move, the members of the Bar claimed, came as the BJP was eyeing the lawyers’ vote in the capital. “The first breakthrough happened when we met the BJP state president. We made it clear that if the party wants lawyers’ support in the election, they should take up the matter immediately. After that, the BJP leader immediately wrote a to the Union law minister,” a Bar official said.

Monday’s decision to call off the strike was announced from the BJP party office. The BJP is also expected to include other demands of the city lawyers in its forthcoming election manifesto.

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