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The Co-ordination Committee of all District Bar Associations in Delhi has resolved to boycott court work tomorrow in light of “increasing tendency of misconduct by various judges”.
The resolution passed yesterday claims that the judicial administration has not taken any measures to curb such instances of misconduct on the part of judges. It states,
“The Co-ordination Committee is of the view that the respect which should be given to the legal fraternity being the officers of the court is unfortunately not being adhered to by some of the judges, which is resulting into loss of faith of the lawyers as well as public in the justice delivery system.”
The issue stems from an incident wherein the juniors of a lawyer appeared before Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Gupta on Tuesday with a view to obtaining a passover, as the senior was in another court. However, Gupta did not entertain the same.
The lawyer then narrated the incident to the President and the Secretary of the Delhi Bar Association at the Tis Hazari court. When the duo later approached the judge to reconsider his decision, he stuck to his guns and refused to hear them.
This prompted the lawyer in question to write a letter to District and Sessions judge Talwant Singh, asking for action to be taken against Gupta. No response was received from Singh, who is the seniormost judge at the Tis Hazari court.
The Bar Association at Tis Hazari meanwhile resolved to go on strike yesterday, warning its members of disciplinary action should they appear in court.
And now, the Bar Associations of all the district courts in the capital have come together to stand in solidarity with the Tis Hazari Bar Association. The lawyers have resolved to go on strike till the administration takes action against “erring judges” who “should not treat lawyers as their subordinates”.
Read the resolution passed today: