While people take cue from Kalam and work extra, Calcutta HC lawyers want respite
news Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 05:30
APJ Abdul Kalam, former Indian President who died on Monday, reportedly did not want a holiday to be declared on his death. Respecting his wish, several institutions, politicians and the common people, worked through the day on Tuesday and paid their tributes by even working extra hours. Compare this to a situation in the Calcutta High Court. Following the death of Samir Kumar Mukherjee, a former acting Chief Justice, around 8,000 lawyers did not work on Tuesday and no case could be heard, states a report by The Telegraph. This after Chief Justice Manjula Chellur repeatedly urged the lawyers to go back on their decision. "The Bar Association is not respecting its own decision, which it had taken in 1990. The association had decided to abstain from courts from 3.30pm to mourn the death of any of their members and others and the notice of the decision would be communicated to the judges by 12 noon. But it is a matter of sorrow that the association is not abiding by its own decision," the Chief Justice is quoted a saying by the paper. The Bar Association in a general meeting in the morning decided to refrain from working and communicated it to the Chief Justice and other judges. Though a Supreme Court directive states that courts should work for at least 210 days in a year, the Calcutta High Court works between 185 and 195 days, adds the report.