CUTTACK: Lawyers of the Orissa High Court have decided to boycott the court of Justice Aruna Suresh from tomorrow to protest what they term as her discourteous attitude towards them.
A rift had erupted in her court yesterday when a senior lawyer was allegedly asked to sit down by her during his intervention in a case. The lawyers deemed this as inappropriate and had gone out of her court.
Some members of the Bar had requisitioned for discussion of the issue during the extraordinary general body meeting called by the Orissa High Court Bar Association today. The Association passed a resolution to boycott the court of Justice Suresh till further decision. Justice Suresh has been recently transferred to the Orissa High Court from the Delhi High Court.
The High Court Bar also resolved to support the cease work call given by the Bar Council and All Orissa Lawyers and Bar Associations for Wednesday to protest the evening courts that have commenced from this month. The Orissa State Bar Council and all the Bar Associations of the State had on Sunday announced boycott of regular courts, tribunals, revenue courts and various forums along with quasi judicial bodies on December 15 to press for repealing of the Evening Court’s Rule 2010.
The Rule entails holding of evening sessions in courts including all kinds of civil, criminal and vigilance cases. The evening sessions were impracticable and would impose heavy burden on practising lawyers, they said.
The lawyers have been boycotting evening courts and would stay off day courts on Wednesday as mark of protest.