Advocates’ week-long protest for demands from Apr 9

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Apr 2018 09:58:39



Staff Reporter

“MADHYA Pradesh High Court has been waiting since last 10 years to get allotted number of judges. Better sitting arrangements, other amenities for advocates in court premises, safety and security of advocates, alternate arrangement of e-court fees and new criminal roster etc are being demanded by State Bar Council (SBC) and other representatives organisations of advocates. Failing to get adequate attention, the SBC has called for a week-long Prativad (strike) from April 9 to April 14. During the strike, advocates would abstain from court work,” informed Chairman of State Bar Council Shivendra Upadhyay while addressing a press conference on Thursday at SBC MP conference hall.

SBC Chairman Upadhyay said that strike called by SBC will be staged in order to press for decision to streamline judiciary work suffering due to shortage of judges in various districts. He added that in this regard, a joint meeting of different Bar Associations was held at SBC Conference Hall on Thursday afternoon in which all the Bar Associations have extended their wholehearted support to the strike called by the State Bar Council. He further added that in a writ petition challenging the strike called by State Bar Council has been filed before MPHC and is under judicial consideration.
Expressing objective of bringing necessary changes in justice delivery system in letter of State Bar Council to the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and all the judges of MPHC behind the call of strike Prativad Diwas from April 9 to 14 has been forwarded by the State Bar Council.
He added in the letter that as per year 2014 count the number of judges in Madhya Pradesh High Court the number of approved judges was 53.

According to number of pending cases around 16 more judges posts are to be filled. Amongst approved posts yet 20 posts are lying vacant in the High Court. Our anger is against the Central Government that is not giving allotment to post of 16 judges according to ratio of pending cases. Shortage of judges in the High Court is causing mismanagement in ensuring justice to people, said Shivendra Upadhyay.
Dinesh Narayan Pathak, Vice-Chairman, State Bar Council, Radhelal Gupta, R K Singh Saini, Manish Dutt and others were present.