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Lawyers' strikes are quite common in India, despite having been all but banned by the Supreme Court in the case of Harish Uppal v. Union of India.
05 March 2015

The Rajya Sabha yesterday deferred passing the bill to increase the pecuniary jurisdiction of the Delhi high court, with some members saying that the reform should be clubbed with pending legislation to create commercial divisions in high courts (the Commercial Division of High Courts Bill 2009), with law minister DV Sadananda Gowda conceding to the demands, reported the PTI.

Two politicians by the JD(U) and the BJP made the suggestion, which Gowda seemed happy to accept according to the report.

The commercial divisions bill is currently being redrafted in line with law commission recommendations that have been taken up by the government in the budget.

A series of strikes for and against the bill by bar associations have plagued Delhi, with high court lawyers most recently striking in December 2014, giving six reasons that they are against the measure, which would move matters with a value of less than below Rs 2 crore from the Delhi high court to the district court.

Update: The Rajya Sabha debates stated the following:


22 January 2015

EffigyAs effigies burn, lawyers rail against Bedi, with ex-BJP and RSS members also complaining about not having been given BJP tickets in this election because of Bedi’s bias.

01 December 2014

Organisers claimed that more than 10,000 Patna high court lawyers went on strike on Friday to protest the lack of seating arrangements for them in court, reported The Hindu:

lawyers who have to keep standing or moving throughout the day in thecourt because they do not have a chair and table to sit and work inside the Court premises. There are about 10,000 lawyers practicing in the Patna High Court but seating arrangements are available for only 3,000, Mukesh Kant, young lawyer of the court told The Hindu.

11 November 2014

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26 September 2014

The Advocates Association Bangalore called for a strike to defend “prominent Judges of Karnataka”.

25 September 2014

Government Law College Coimbatore declared “indefinite closure” after 50 students allegedly locked principal and 12 staff in the college’s main building for several hours while other students attended classes, reported The Hindu.

Students were protesting the administration’s decision to transfer three students to another college.

15 July 2014

The Rajasthan high court issued criminal contempt notice to the president of the Bar association and other lawyers, for giving a boycott call demanding the transfer of a judge, reported the PTI.

Bar Association president Gopeah Kumbhaj, former general secretary Rajesh Choudhary, lawyer Bharat Bhushan and others were served for going on boycott to demand that a lower court judge Mahnendra Choudhary, who had allegedly refused to favour Bhushan in his personal case, be transferred.

13 June 2014

The Tiruchi Bar Association called a strike yesterday over the murder of advocate S Mathiazhagan, demanding that the case be handed to the Crime Branch CID or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after little progress in the investigations for a month, presenting a memorandum to the city's police commissioner. [The Hindu]

07 March 2014

Bombay HC called up on unpaid Feb salaries: The Bombay high court chief secretary and registrar have been issued notices by the Goa State Human Rights Commission over non-payment of February salaries of all court staff of around 150 at the Bombay high court bench at Goa. The complaint on which the court was acting was filed by advocate Aires Rodrigues [TOI]

Kerala BC calls for boycott over earlier boycott fallout: Responding to the Bar Council of Kerala’s boycott call, lawyers in Kerala abandoned the courts to protest the alleged assault of an advocate and his physically disabled brother by the Railway Protection Force at Thiruvananthpuram. At the time of the incident, the advocates were reportedly protesting against the arrest of their colleagues for allegedly entering the Central Railway Station without a platform ticket or railway ticket [Zee News]

Allahabad lawyers agitate on HC road for colleague accident compensation: Hundreds of Allahabad high court lawyers blocked the road near the high court, for a few hours, over Wednesday’s road mishap that led to the death of their colleague. They pledged to continue with their agitation until their demand for compensation were fulfilled [TOI]

Delhi advocate MS Khan threatened by Godfather: “Delhi-based lawyer MS Khan has alleged he received threat calls and SMSes from underworld don Ravi Pujari that he and his family would be harmed if he does not disengage himself from pursuing various terror cases,” reported the [PTI]

Justice Nanavati’s son rapped for threatening opposing lawyer in open court: Retired Supreme Court justice GT Nanavati’s son and advocate Dhaval Nanavati was rapped by the Gujarat high court for threatening an opposing lawyer during court proceedings. Reportedly he told counsel, Megha Chitalia, that he would get her thrown out of the panel of assistant government pleaders. In open court the bench then questioned the basis on which he was issuing such a threat to his opponent. [TOI]