The ongoing cease-work by lawyers of the sub-divisional court will continue, said the members of the Pleader and Advocate Bar Association at Kandi.
“We had meeting with judges in the district court. We were requested to resume work forgetting all the past memories. But we are not going to start the work there,” said secretary, Pleader and Advocate Bar Association said.
The association is protesting against the “rough attitude and misbehaviour” of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Haimantika Shurdas. The law practitioners are demanding her transfer.
The association demanded transfer of the additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM). “The way she talks to the advocates is uncalled for. Earlier, she had problem with us and we requested her not to use such harsh words to senior advocates. For quite some time she behaved normally. But she again misbehaved with some lawyers and used abusive words. We demand her transfer immediately,” an official said.
As a result of the cease-work, many important cases could not be taken up and the litigants are greatly inconvenienced. Probal Das, a litigant said because of the cease-work, his case could not be taken up. “The hearing is in the final stage and because of the cease-work, I really do not know when matter will come up again. We are really in a dark. Why should the common people who come to the court seeking justice, suffer?”
Mukul Mahato, another litigant maintained: “As thousands of cases are lying pending in the courts the lawyers should understand this and should not resort to cease-work that affect common people badly. I seek intervention of the state government in the matter so that the impasse is resolved.”
However, the Murshidabad District Court informed the matter to Calcutta High Court. The high court may call the protesting law practitioners to hear their exact point of concern.
“We will start movement against the ACJM. She did not give us respect and tried to insult us. The register of the Kandi court tried to tame the situation. But we will not go to the court room,” said Chandan Das, member of the Pleader and Advocate Bar Association.