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Lawyers divided as strike suspended after 68 days

DNJAI51920 | 9/15/2014 | Author : dna correspondent | WC :528 | City-Jaipur

not in sync ? Jodhpur lawyers say a decision on withdrawal will be taken after discussing issue in meeting of state advocates' body today

Jaipur: After waging a war against the judiciary for last 68 days, the advocates' camp got divided on Sunday when the Sangharsh Samiti, that was leading the protest, declared plans to suspend the strike and return to work on Monday.
The first to react to the Samiti's decision was a group of lawyers from Jodhpur. They claimed that any decision on withdrawal of protest can only be taken after discussing the issue in general body meeting of the Rajasthan High Court Advocates Association scheduled in Jodhpur on Monday.
The Jaipur-based advocates' Sangharsh Samiti —which has called for striking work in favour of a 14-point chapter of demands including transfer of two judges and withdrawal of contempt of court proceedings against lawyers—declared the plan to resume work after a meeting with acting Chief Justice Sunil Ambwani at his residence during the early half of the day.
Samiti General Secretary Sanjay Vyas said, "Acting Chief Justice Sunil Ambawani assured to consider the demands, following which the decision to withdraw the boycott was taken."
The efforts to end the impasse between the judiciary and the bar started when the advocates were invited for the meeting by Justice Mohd Rafiq and Justice Manish Bhandari.
It was decided in the meeting that a representative will meet Justice Ambwani following which advocates decided to ask Advocate general NM Lodha to negotiate. In the meeting with the chief justice, Lodha was informed that the High Court administration has initiated action on the report of High Court complaint redressal committee that pointed out at a resolution against lawyers adopted by the Rajasthan Judicial Services Association, Vyas said.
He claimed, "Justice Ambwani expressed inability in transferring DJ Deepak Maheshwari and ADJ Mahendra Singh, as demanded by the Samiti, in next two-three days. But, he assured to look into the matter soon."
The assurance led to the declaration of 'suspension' of the strike. Vyas clarified that the strike is not called off. "If we feel that the High Court administration is retracting from its promises, we will resume the boycott."
The decision sparked off a debate among lawyers, most of whom questioned the manner in which the strike was suspended. "If the strike had to be suspended on mere assurances, then why was it pulled on for over two months," a section of lawyers questioned.
High Court advocate Vimal Choudhary told dna that the Samiti got support of advocates across Rajasthan after the decision to boycott courts was decided in a mahapanchayat. The decision of suspension of boycott should also have been taken in such a meeting.
"There is a lack of leadership. Among advocates, the foot soldiers are strong, but the generals are weak," Choudhary said.
Lawyers in Jodhpur decided to refrain from accepting the Samiti's decision in a jiffy. Rajasthan Bar Council chairman Manoj Kumar Garg said a general body meeting is called on Monday afternoon by the Rajasthan High Court Advocate Association. Something concrete can be said after that.
"But if advocates at Jaipur postpone their strike who initially started it, then there is no harm…, we can even do the same. But final decision will be taken in the meeting," Garg said.

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