PUNE: Thousands of lawyers abstained from work and protested at the Pune District and Sessions Court in Shivajinagar on Thursday, following reports of the government decision to recommend setting up a Bombay High Court bench in Kolhapur instead of Pune.
The Pune Bar Association (PBA) held a meeting of all the lawyers at Shivajinagar court premises and then they decided to remain absent in court proceedings.
PBA President Advocate Rajendra Daundkar said, “About 3,000 lawyers in the city did not attend court proceedings and supported the demand for the HC bench in Pune. I want to clarify that we are not against the bench in Kolhapur. But it seems the government has taken a hasty decision in recommending Kolhapur and ignoring our demands. We have been making demands for the HC bench since 1978.”
On Wednesday, a delegation of lawyers and activists from Kolhapur met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanding setting up of a circuit bench of the HC in Kolhapur.
The delegation claimed Fadnavis said Rs 100 crore would be allocated for the work once the High Court gives its final nod to their request.
Protest outside Bapat’s house planned
PBA President Daundkar said, “Pune District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat had assured that funds will be allotted for the HC bench in Pune. We want to know what exactly has happened now. He should come to the court here and explain his stand by Tuesday. Otherwise we will organise a protest outside his house.”