The Calcutta High Court has expressed its displeasure over failure of advocates to attend hearings as per the schedule fixed by the HC.
Every Friday,PIL cases are heard by a Division Bench headed by the Chief Justice. The bench headed by Chief Justice S S Nijjar took up a case on Friday. Advocate Somnath Dey,counsel of the state government,failed to attend the hearing and prayed for an adjournment,saying he was not prepared for the case.
Annoyed at the move,the Chief Justice said,We are sitting here only to allow for an adjournment. Are we paid for that? There should not be any PIL filed in this High Court.
Nijjar also said the advocate should come when he was prepared. We can hear you even on Saturdays at my residence. You come at your convenience. The state counsel is so busy that he did not find time to prepare his case, said the Chief Justice.
He also noted that not only of the state government,in many cases,counsels of petitioners also do not appear before the Bench.
The Chief Justice dismissed a few cases on Friday as counsels did not attend the hearing.
Dey and Asish Roy,general secretary of the Bar Association of the High Court,refused to comment on the remarks of the Chief Justice.
Court asks govt affidavit for differently-abled
The Calcutta High Court has asked the state government to file a status report on the facilities available for the differently-abled people in public buses. The case will come up for hearing after a month.
Sruti Disability Right Centre,a social organisation,had filed a Public Interest Litigation last year alleging that differently-abled people were suffering from the poor facilities in public buses.
Subsequently,a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice SS Nijjar had asked the state government to file affidavits,which it filed later.
On Friday,advocate Sandip Srimani,counsel of the state government,informed the Bench that the state government has taken initiatives to improve facilities for such persons in public buses. The government has also decided to purchase low-floor buses for differently-abled people. The Bench also observed that government buildings should be designed to facilitate easy movement of differently-abled people.