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The High Court was acting on a report received from a District Judge in Durg on January 15, which detailed “extremely unpleasant events” following a move to temporarily shift the Family Court to another location.
The Chhattisgarh High Court on Friday registered a suo motu case over a lawyers’ strike carried out in the Durg District court by lawyers over the shifting of a family court.
Taking critical note of the “shocking state of affairs”, Chief Justice PR Ramachandra Menon and Justice Parth Prateem Sahu observed,
“It is not unknown that threat to judiciary, from different corners, has become order of the day. If Bar and the Bench are two sides of the same coin, now the threat is from within."
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The Court proceeded to emphasise,
“As far as the proceedings of the Courts are concerned, interest of the litigants is of paramount importance and nobody can be permitted to take the law in their hands, whoever he may be, whether a Lawyer, Doctor, Engineer, Architect, Worker or a common man. The System and the Institution will collapse, if this Court is not in a position to protect the interest of all concerned as above, and if not, there is no meaning for the existence of the Institution.”
Further, taking note of the move by striking lawyers to intimidate judicial officers, other lawyers and litigants at the court, the Bench observed,