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Bihar lawyers strike work

Functioning of all courts, including Patna High Court, in Bihar was paralysed today as about 60,000 lawyers abstained from work to protest against the allegedly illegal arrest of an advocate in Samastipur.

They stayed away from work in protest against the arrest of an advocate Ajit Singh on 19 April on the charge of taking bribe, Bihar State Bar Council Chairman Baleshwar Prasad Sharma said.

Sharma demanded immediate transfer of District Magistrate and Deputy Development Commissioner of Samastipur, besides initiation of departmental proceedings against them.

He said the state government should also make payment of compensation of Rs 10 lakh to Singh for his alleged illegal detention and wrongful arrest, harassment and mental agony.
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