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A new hope: Strike & war between DHCBA’s Khosla, Abhijat suspended; DCs to continue fast unto death for pecuniary jurisdiction

Does a time of peace and prosperity lie ahead for the bar?
Does a time of peace and prosperity lie ahead for the bar?

Things promised to return to normal in the Delhi high court on Monday after high-stakes drama last week, when the members of DHCBA received message through the newly formed SMS handle DHCBAS declaring that the strike was suspended:

EC of DHCBA resolves that as due to Parliament logjam, DHC bill unlilkely to be taken up in immediate future, call for abstention in HC be suspended for the time being. Future course of action to be reviewed. Work to resume w.e.f. 28.7.15. EC thanks senior & younger members for unprecedented show of unity & making abstention call a success.

Rajiv Khosla told Legally India that he stood by the decision of the executive committee and would work together with it.

When asked about the suspension of Abhijat by Spcl House on Friday, Khosla commented that the episode was over and he declined to comment further.

Khosla added that “sometimes these things happen” and his intentions are to work collectively with the EC.

Secretary Abhijat told Legally India in a message:

Work will resume in the high court tomorrow. We will continue our struggle for having commercial courts bill enacted together with this. The DHCBA is conscious of the need for judicial business to be transacted and prolonging abstention from the work harms the interest of the litigating public whose interests are paramount. We do not believe in paralysing justice delivery system. That is not our tradition. Our completely successful call for abstention, despite all attempts to derail it, has made an impact.

RK Wadhwa, chairman of the coordination committee of all district courts bar associations said that he had full faith in the system, when asked about the passage of the bill that will increase the pecuniary jurisdiction of the district courts.

He noted that the pecuniary jurisdiction increase bill was listed for discussion in the Lok Sabha today and that in the coming days it would hopefully be tabled and passed.

He added that they would continue their fast unto death till their demands were met.

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