For the second consecutive day, the lawyers’ strike brought work to a standstill at the District and Sessions Court in Shivajinagar and other courts in the district.
The Pune Bar Association (PBA) had called the strike on August 13 and 14 to press for the long-pending demand of establishing a high court (HC) bench in Pune.
Meanwhile, the chief justice of Bombay high court had called the representatives of PBA on Wednesday for a meeting. However, PBA members didn’t attend the meeting seeking time on August 16 or August 19 instead.
On Wednesday, only urgent matters such as daily remand applications, anticipatory bail pleas, etc. were heard.
Rajendra Umap, PBA president, said, “Principal District and Sessions judge Anant Badar gave us a letter around noon about the meeting. It was not possible to communicate this development to all members at such a short notice and go to Mumbai. Hence, we have asked for time on either August 16 or 19. The district judge had conveyed the message as per the directions of the registrar general of the Bombay HC.”
Senior lawyer Harshad Nimbalkar, who is also a member of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, said, “PBA also wrote to the Governor seeking appointment to update him about the issue. Considering that 40 per cent of the petitions in HC are from Pune, a circuit bench of the HC in Pune is justified,”
Satish Pailwan, PBA vice president said, “We have also got a resolution passed by all political parties in the Pune Municipal Corporation in this regard. A resolution was passed in 1978 in the Maharashtra Assembly to set up the same in Pune. It will save time and money of the litigants who have to travel 200 km to Mumbai.”