A section of lawyers of the Allahabad High Court, who have been boycotting judicial work for the past one week in protest against the killing of an advocate at the district court premises here, Wednesday called off their strike even as the victim’s father returned the compensation cheque of Rs 20 lakh handed over to him by the administration.
Deceased Nabi Ahmed’s father Mohammad Shahid Siddiqui handed over the cheque to district bar association (DBA) president Sheetla Prasad Mishra requesting him to hand it back to the administration. The cheque was handed over to him Tuesday night amid presence of Divisional Commissioner B K Singh.
“My son is gone. I am not going to get him back. The only thing that will satisfy me is that the killer is punished. Nobody has the right to take somebody else’s life,” Siddiqui said talking to The Indian Express.
He said he is with lawyers who are fighting to seek of justice for his son. “I support them in their endeavour. That is why I have returned the cheque,” he added.
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Siddiqui said that he did not want to take the cheque in the first place. “The officials came to my house and everything happened so suddenly that I could not realise what was going on,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Allahabad High Court Bar Association (AHCBA) announced that lawyers would resume legal work from Thursday. The district bar association, however, has decided to continue with the strike.
ACHBA president Rakesh Pande said that the decision to ‘adjourn’ the strike was taken following the meeting of a delegation with the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. “We have been assured that all aspects of the case will be looked into. Decks for a judicial inquiry into the incident, which was our demand, is almost clear now. Also, the litigants have suffered a lot as virtually, no legal work has been conducted in the High Court this month so far,” said Pande.
However, he added that the delegation will seek meetings with the Chief Justice of India and UP Chief Minister.
DBA president Sheetla Prasad Mishra, while confirming that Siddiqui has returned the cheque, said: “We are getting support from various district bar associations and will continue with our demand to remove the DM and the SSP”.
Unhappy with the decision to call off the strike, AHCBA Treasurer Rajiv Shukla announced his resignation from the post. “I have resigned to oppose the decision to call off the strike and in support of the demand for removal of the DM and SSP.” Shukla added that he will also initiate a hunger strike outside High Court at 10 am on Thursday.