statesman news service
KOLKATA, 20 JUNE: Lawyers of Presidency Small Causes Court, one of the oldest courts of Asia and the City Civil Court today met law minister Mrs Chandrima Bhattacharya, demanding an increase of the pecuniary jurisdiction of the courts.
Presently, litigants with a property valuation of less than 10 lakh, can file cases in the two courts. The property valuation ceiling was last revised in 1990. The lawyers wanted the government to bring in a legislation to either increase the ceiling or to do away with the ceiling altogether so that all suits, irrespective of any property valuation, can be filed in the two courts. Work in the two courts has been stalled for the past one and a half months following an indefinite cease work by around 3,000 to 3,500 lawyers.
After the meeting, the lawyers said Mrs Bhattacharya has assured to take up the matter within 10 days. Mr Shyamal Ghatak, West Bengal Bar Council member, said they are yet to decide on whether to join work or to continue the cease work. We will seek an appointment with Governor M K Narayanan to apprise him of the situation.
The lawyers wanted the government to bring in a legislation to either increase the ceiling or to do away with the ceiling altogether