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Bar Assn, Bar Library Club, Incorporated law society called for meet

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

As the staying away from court by lawyers of Calcutta High Court passes through its fourth week on Tuesday, the leadership of Calcutta High Court Bar Association, Bar Library Club and Incorporated Law Society have been called for a meeting by Union law minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday.

A six-member delegation comprising the members of the three advocates’ association is scheduled to visit the national Capital this weekend, Bar Association chairman, Uttam Majumdar said during the day.

The men in band and gown have been staying away from court for weeks in support of their demand for appointment of judges, making the appointment of the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court a permanent one and elevation of judges of Calcutta High Court to Supreme Court.

Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya is now the acting Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court.

There are 33 judges in Calcutta High Court now following the swearing in of three judges in this court on Monday.

There are vacancies for many more as there are 72 vacant judges posts.
If seven more judges are sworn in this court, 40 judges will some how be able to tide over the huge number of backlog of cases. More cases have been added to this list in the past few weeks of staying away, Mr Majumdar said.

The staying away period will continue till 16 March. The lawyers’ delegation is scheduled to be meet the Union law minster the next day.

On 19 March, the members of the three associations are scheduled to be meet in Calcutta High Court to decide on the next course of action. The meeting with the minister will have an important bearing on the lawyers’ agitation which has already had a fallout on both the lawyers and litigants.