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Further strikes may complicate issues and weaken advocates fraternity, BCI secretary on boycott of Rajiv Khosla

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The Secretary of the Bar Council for Delhi, through a letter addressed to the Chairman, Bar Council of Delhi, has directed and requested the State bar council to forthwith direct and to ensure that the Coordination Committee of All District Court Bar Associations of Delhi immediately withdraw the call for complete abstinence from Judicial work by Lawyers in District Courts across the State on November 9, 2021, as it is also to issue directions to them to withdraw the call for carrying on indefinite boycott of a Judicial Officer, if the issue being agitated upon by them is not resolved to their satisfaction after meeting with the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

On November 8, 2021, the Coordination Committee of All District Court Bar Associations of Delhi had unanimously resolved to go on a complete abstinence of work on November 9, 2021 in the District Courts against the recent judgment of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gajender Singh Nagar of the Tis Hazari Court, convicting former Delhi High Court Bar Association President Rajiv Khosla for assaulting woman lawyer Sujata Kohli in 1994, who had thereupon gone on to become a District and Sessions Judge and had only retired last year.

Under the directions of the Hon’ble Chairman, the secretary urges the legal fraternity that, “Being harbingers of the legal process, practice and procedure, the lawyers fraternity is expected to do the needful not through strike and agitation but by way of providing legal assistance to Mr. Rajiv Khosla to file an appeal against the impugned order and judgment and to avail of all other legal remedies available under the law, as Mr Khosla is aggrieved of the referred order and judgment.”

Further, “Calling upon all members of the Bar to abstain from judicial work for one day in District Courts across the State and thereafter further resolving to indefinitely boycott the judicial officer, if the discussion with Hon’ble Chief Justice of Delhi, does not go as per their desire, will not go down well with the litigant public, the common masses as well as with the judiciary,” intimated the secretary.

The letter further intimates that, “Our profession, is considered as a noble profession and the professional work rendered by us is unique and for the benefit of the common man including aggrieved parties who come to Advocates in the hope that Advocates will be able to get them justice when all doors are closed for them.”

Infact, rather frequent strikes further complicate issues and weaken the Advocates fraternity, as strikes are considered illegal by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, when it concerns Advocates, who are considered as officers of the court and as a part of the judicial machinery.

Read the letter below.

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