Lawyers from the State Capitol Region struck work in response to a call given by the Bar Council of India. With no advocates appearing before the court, cases were adjourned.
No advocate practicing in the district court appeared for case hearing. However, some lawyers did attend hearings in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. But even then, there was only a smattering of advocates in the court. The deserted parking lot, which is normally filled to capacity, was a testimony to the success of the strike. Advocates, who did appear before the bench said they did so because cases were ‘emergent.’
The Bar Council of India is staging an agitation against the passage of four bills. These include Higher Education and Research bill, 2011, National Accreditation Regulatory for Higher Education Bill, 2010, Foreigners’ educational institutions (regulation of entry and operations) bill, 2010 and the national law school bill, 2010.
The impact of the strike was apparent in Chandigarh where no advocate attended court. Things were much the same in Mohali. In advocates not only abstained from work but also staged a symbolic dharna.
However, many lawyers were seen in their chambers guiding clients on proceedings in view of the circumstances.
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