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Striking lawyers: Jethmalani asked to take the lead in resolving the problem

Murali Krishnan

The Supreme Court today asked the Bar to find a solution to the issue of strikes by lawyers. Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani has been asked to take the lead in the matter.

The Court was hearing a contempt petition filed against Delhi lawyers by NGO Common Cause, alleging violation of the Supreme Court judgment of Ex-capt Harish Uppal v. Union of India.

The Delhi High Court Bar Association and the Co -ordination Committee of the District Bar Association were impleaded in the petition for holding strikes on the issue of pecuniary jurisdiction.

Ram Jethmalani
Ram Jethmalani

When the hearing began today Ram Jethmalani, appearing on behalf of the lawyers, challenged the locus of the the petitioner.

The Court, however, proceeded to ask Jethmalani to solve this issue.

“You are the Senior member of the Bar. You must take up this issue. You are the only ventilator left”, Justice Arun Mishra remarked.

The Court then adjourned the case leaving the Bar to deliberate on the issue.