Litigants in all six district courts will have to suffer as the lawyers who had been on strike against the delay in enhancing pecuniary jurisdiction of lower courts from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 2 crore, on Monday decided to continue it till May 2.
Speaking to this newspaper, Sanjeev Nasiar, the convenor of co-ordination committee all district courts bar association of Delhi, said if their demands are not met, they would observe fast unto death. Mr Nasiar said that they have decided to hold a protest march till Parliament on May 1. He said that the advocates have urged the Central government should re-table the bill for pecuniary jurisdiction of Rs 2 crore for district courts of Delhi in ongoing Budget Sessions.
R.K. Wadhwa, chairman of the committee, said on Monday that they convened a special meeting and decided that the ongoing strike would continue till May 2.
The lawyers of all six district courts — Tis Hazari, Patiala House, Karkardooma, Rohini, Saket and Dwarka have been observing strike since April 22 against the delay in enhancing the pecuniary jurisdiction.
The strike of the lawyers has slowed down work in all district courts. The magistrates had to defer hearings after the counsel did not appear in any matter for the arguments. However, in some special cases related to the CBI, ED and Income-Tax Department, proxy lawyers appeared before the courts.
The lawyers’ body said that full bench of the Delhi high court had recommended to the Central government that pecuniary jurisdiction of trial courts here be enhanced from existing Rs 20 lakh to Rs 2 crore, but nothing has been done till date.
The lawyers have been demanding enchantment in pecuniary jurisdictions of the lower courts for two years. Last year, they had called off the strike after then Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured them that the matter would be addressed in the Winter Session of Parliament.