Delhi High Court lawyers call off strike

DHCBA President confirmed that the association has decided to call off the strike and that it would be “back to business” in the high court from July 28.

“Executive Committee (EC) of the DHCBA resolves that as due to Parliament logjam, Delhi High Court Bill is unlikely to be taken up in immediate future, call for abstention in High Court be suspended for the time being. <g data-gr-id="31">Future</g> course of action to be reviewed. Work to resume with effect from July 28.

“EC <g data-gr-id="27">thanks</g> senior and younger members for <g data-gr-id="26">unprecedented</g> show of unity and making abstention call a success,” the message circulated among the High Court Bar members said.

DHCBA EC had on July 21 passed a resolution calling for “total abstention from work” on July 22 and July 23 and thereafter on July 23 and later on July 25 till July 27, to register the strong protest of the bar association against the presentation of the bill”.

“This is to register strong protest of the bar association against the presentation of the Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill 2014 in the Lok Sabha in present session, in isolation and not together with Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill 2015. 

“The Bar association had been assured by Union Minister for Law and Justice (D V Sadananda Gowda) that the said two bills would be enacted together, to avoid any incongruity that may arise as a result of the said two Bills being passed at different points in time,” the DHCBA had said in its resolution.

The resolution had condemned the “abject volte face” of the Law Minister “for going back on his solemn assurance”, to table the two bills together and said that it was “unbecoming” of the minister. 

The association’s decision to go on strike was taken a day after the district court bar associations went on an indefinite strike in all six district courts in the national capital on the issue.

DHCBA and the district court bar associations have been at loggerheads for several years now over the bill — which will reduce workload of the Delhi High Court by transferring thousands of civil suits, valued up to Rs two crore, to the six district courts. 
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