Ghaziabad: Lawyers from 22 districts staged a sit-in and stopped traffic on National Highway-58 in Ghaziabad on Friday, demanding the establishment of a High Court bench in western Uttar Pradesh.

Acting on a call of Central Action Committee, lawyers stopped traffic movement on NH-58, NH-24 and Grand Trunk Road. Bar associations of 22 districts of Uttar Pradesh, including Ghaziabad, Meerut, Baghpat, Gautam Budh Nagar, participated in the agitation.

Chairman of the Central Action Committee and president of Meerut Bar Association advocate Anil Sharma submitted a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh through the district magistrate of Ghaziabad, seeking a high court bench in western Uttar Pradesh.

The memorandum stated that 14,64,932 cases are pending in the Allahabad High Court. The demand for a high court bench in the region is 40 years old, said Ashok Sharma, president of the Meerut Bar Association.

The lawyers have announced a protest outside parliament on December 19."No government has taken the issue seriously," Sharma said, adding that assurances had been given by state and central governments."Poor residents of western Uttar Pradesh are deprived of justice even after 65 years of Independence and democracy," he said.


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