After the day-long siege, the lawyers from Mathura, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etah and Aligarh districts, will also stop traffic on the national highway to Delhi and later march to Rashtrapati Bhavan to present a memorandum to the president.

A general body meeting of the Agra bar and lawyers from nearby districts jointly decided to intensify the stir for the bench. A relay fast at Agra Civil Court began on Monday.  Lawyers will stay away from court work till August 26.

KD Sharma, convener of the steering committee, said that efforts were being made to meet United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam.

Vijay Kumar Sharma, former president of the Agra Bar said that more than a million cases from western Uttar Pradesh were pending in Allahabad High Court. In 1994, then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had requested the central government to constitute a bench of the high court in Agra, but the central government maintained that the state government has not approached it on the issue formally.

Lawyers from Hathras, Aligarh, Mathura, Etah and Firozabad are supporting the demand and have assured full cooperation. Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, lawyers from western Uttar Pradesh have increased the pressure on the government, hoping to encash the tricky political situation and secure firm commitment from contending parties to support the High Court bench demand.

A three-member commission, headed by retired judge of the Supreme Court Jaswant Singh, was appointed in September 1981 to decide the location of a new bench in western Uttar Pradesh. In its final report, after years of deliberation and numerous visits, the commission concluded in 1985.

"Taking into consideration the totality of the conditions and circumstances peculiar to Agra, we find ourselves impelled to agree with the aforesaid views of the eminent judges and others that Agra would be a suitable place for the location of the bench."

(Agencies)

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