Lawyers’ strike hits court proceedings

Proceedings at the Pune District and Sessions Court took a hit Saturday due to the 1-day strike called by Pune Bar Association protesting the delay in arresting a corporator’s son who had allegedly assaulted a lawyer.

Written by Express News Service | Published: March 31, 2013 1:13 am

Proceedings at the Pune District and Sessions Court took a hit Saturday due to the 1-day strike called by Pune Bar Association protesting the delay in arresting a corporator’s son who had allegedly assaulted a lawyer.

Only matters such as remand applications and anticipatory bail pleas were heard.

“Over 10,000 members of the PBA stalled work demanding justice for lawyer Ashish Tamhane who was assaulted by four people. With the strike we have sent a message to the authorities and are hopeful the culprits will soon be arrested,” said PBA chief Rajendra Umap,adding the protests were carried out in a dignified manner.

He said the protests were also successful in others courts in Pune such as the family court,charity commissioner,labour and industrial court,consumer court,cooperatives court and taluka courts in the district.

“We had informed about the decision four days in advance and matters scheduled for today were adjourned,” said Umap.On Tuesday,lawyer Ashish Tamhane was allegedly assaulted Tuesday by four persons including Samir Chandere,son of NCP corporator Baburao Chandere.

The lawyers had written to the police commissioner urging him to arrest the suspects. District Judge Anant Badar had also reportedly written to the CP urging him to take prompt action.

The lawyer also appealed to police to invoke additional sections of 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC and other relevant sections of the Arms Act. PBA has appealed for police protection to Tamhane’s family members and also appealed to lawyers not to take the case of the accused.

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