The Thane lawyers have finally called off their one-week-old strike following a meeting with the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court and other justices on Friday morning. When contacted,president of the Thane District Bar association advocate Gajanan Chavan said the strike had been called off on Friday afternoon. Earlier in the day,a delegation of lawyers affiliated with the Thane District Courts Bar Association had met Chief Justice Swantater Kumar and justices J N Patel,S B Mhase,Roshan Dalvi and Sharad Bobade. The Chief Justice and the panel of justices have assured us that the decision to set up new courts at Bhiwandi would be reconsidered, said advocate Chavan. He also said a delegation of Thane lawyers would be again meeting the Chief Justice on Monday.
As many as 1800 lawyers had boycotted work for a week in Thane district following a decision to set up session and civil court (senior division) at Bhiwandi.The policy decision to set up new courts at Bhiwandi was taken by the High Court in 1998-99. Setting up of new courts is based on the number of litigations in a region, said Narayan Iyer,advocate from Bhiwandi. He also said that bar association of Bhiwandi would be kept in the loop,if there is any move to reconsider the decision of the High Court to set up new courts at Bhiwandi. So far,there are no such indications and the new courts are expected to start as per the schedule, said advocate Iyer.