West UP bench: Lawyers to meet Akihlesh,CJ

The Allahabad High Court lawyers’ strike against the demand for a separate western Uttar Pradesh bench will continue “till a lawyers’ delegation meets the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court’’

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: August 20, 2013 4:10 am

The Allahabad High Court lawyers’ strike against the demand for a separate western Uttar Pradesh bench will continue “till a lawyers’ delegation meets the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court’’.

The lawyers have abstained from legal work since August 13 following strike call given by the Allahabad High Court Bar Association (AHCBA).

AHCBA honorary secretary Prabha Shankar Mishra said Monday: “There are reports in certain sections of the media that the Union Law Minister has sought opinion of the Chief Minister and the Chief Justice of the High Court on the issue of creating separate bench. Unless we meet them and get the matter clarified,the strike will continue. We have already initiated the process for fixing up an appointment with the CM and the Chief Justice of the High Court.’’

Earlier Sunday,a delegation of the lawyers,led by AHCBA president Kandarp Narain Mishra,met with the Chief Justice of India as well as Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal in New Delhi.

There were reports that,during the meeting,the delegation said no such proposal for setting up of western UP bench is under consideration.

“We have read such reports,quoting AHCBA president. But,he is yet to arrive in Allahabad and explain before Bar’s general body as to what transpired in those meetings. Things will get clear at the next general body meeting Tuesday,’’ said Mishra.

“A 10-member delegation participated in the two meetings Sunday. I am aware of the decision to continue with the strike. Future course of action will be decided after I explain everything to the Bar Tuesday,’’ said AHCBA president,K N Mishra.

The lawyers are opposing demands of a separate bench on the grounds that it is against constitutional provisions,and will lead to deterioration in the quality of judiciary.

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