Deciding to continue the strike against the proposed move to create a separate bench of the Allahabad High Court in western Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court Bar Association (AHCBA) on Thursday resolved to urge the Judges’ Committee and Chief Justice (CJ) D Y Chandrachud to reject the idea in response to the letter sent by the Union Law Minister Ravi Shanker Prasad, who had earlier sought an opinion of the CJ on the matter.
“The general house of the AHCBA resolved to continue with the strike and also initiate a relay sit-in from 10 am to 4 pm. It was also resolved that the CJ be urged to reject the suggestion that creation of western UP bench would be in the interest of the Allahabad High Court and delivery of justice,” said AHCBA president Rakesh Pande.
The president added that a special meeting of the AHCBA, with all its former presidents and secretaries and members of the UP Bar Council has been convened at 12 noon on Friday for this purpose.
“The issues regarding this letter and the opinion to be suggested will be discussed and a memorandum prepared. This will then be handed over to the CJ for his consideration,” said Pande.
Further, another delegation of lawyers may meet Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on the issue too.
In their meeting with the CJ earlier this week, the lawyers were informed that Prasad had sent a letter to him seeking his opinion.
Subsequently, the matter was referred to the Judges’ committee, headed by Justice Vineet Saran. However, no meeting of the committee on the issue had taken place so far. The lawyers were also assured that no formal opinion would be sent to the Union minister without consulting them.
The strike had begun on December 18 last year, and has continued even after the winter break. Meanwhile, protests in western UP districts demanding a separate bench has also been going on.
The lawyers here have opposed the separate bench on the ground that it would weaken administration of justice and also affect its quality.