New Delhi: While the lawyers across India went on a nationwide strike in support of Anna Hazare, the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court denied the permission to the lawyers in the state on grounds of ‘not to bring politics to the court’.

Head of the division bench, Justice S J Mukhopadhyaya told Yatin Ojha, President, Gujarat High Court Advocates Association (GHCAA) not to drag politics into the courtroom. The Judge said the court will not dismiss a case due to the absence of lawyers.

The GHCAA had passed a proposal on Wednesday morning declaring their boycott from the court proceedings for the day to protest against Anna’s detention. However, a few of them refused to be a part of the strike citing it a political event.

Day-long strike in Delhi

Lawyers of six district courts (Patiala House, Karkardooma, Tis Hazari, Saket, Rohini and Dwarka) in Delhi went on a day-long token strike on Wednesday. This proved a hindrance in the regular hearings in the 2G scam case. Coordination Committee of All Bar Association said, “Anna’s detention and denial of permission for his fast shows government’s disinterest in tackling corruption. Anna is not fighting for himself but for society.”

Demonstrations in Uttar Pradesh

The advocates staged demonstrations in Allahabad court, Lucknow Civil Court and Pratapgarh. They boycotted work in Kaushambi, Varanasi, Haridwar while lawyers in Hathras civil court went on fast in support of Anna. 

(JPN/Bureau)