Kolkata, Apr 26 : Lawyers across the state stayed away from courts today to a ceasework call by the West Bar Council to protest the alleged police assault on lawyers at the Howrah court on Wednesday. “More than 55,000 lawyers did not attend the courts across the state,” West Bengal Bar Council chairman Asoke Ded said, “The ceasework will continue till Monday.” “ The council will review the situation on Monday and decide the further course of action,” Deb told UNI over telephone. Calcutta high Court chief justice T B Radhakrishnan sought a report from the state administration on the incident after some lawyers complained about the role of the police and sought suo moto action him.
“ The high court would step in after receiving the reports. I am expecting the report in seven days,” told the aggrieved lawyers in his chamber. The lawyers at the criminal courts did not allow police to produce arrested persons. “The ceasework will result in the trial of various case being pushed back,” a senior police official said. The call of ceasework, litigants had to return without getting their work done, lawyers at different court said.
An usually over-crowded long, sprawling corridors of Calcutta High Court wore a deserted look with rows of table remaining empty. Judges attended the court for a brief spell as lawyers stayed away. The trouble broke out near Howrah Court on Wednesday after a security guard at one of the gates of Howrah Municipal Corporation prevented a senior lawyer the compound with a two-wheeler.
A heated exchange between the two snowballed in a fight with lawyers and civic body employees attacking one other with bamboo poles, sticks and stone. The clash continued in phases for about eight hours till senior police officials reached the spot and took control of the situation. At least 20 persons were injured in the clash, official sources said. (UNI)