Bar demands lifting ban on lawyers’ strike, but CJI rejects

NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Saturday on Saturday disagreed with a suggestion by the apex bar body to lift a 16-year-old ban on strikes by lawyers, wondering why there should be a strike at all.

Justice Gogoi, who was sworn in as the CJI on October 3, said, “I don’t think it is an issue at all. Why go into the legalities. Why should there be a strike? I am sure there wont be any”.

Demanding lifting of the ban, the BCI Chairman said that if the mouth of lawyers are shut it will destroy the very democratic setup of the country”. “The legal fraternity has a great faith on the CJI. We are sure that you will restore our freedom,” he said.

The CJI’s view was also shared by apex court’s Justice Arun Mishra, who reminded the lawyers that their absence in court will affect people’s liberty and deny many of their rights. Justices N V Ramana and Mohan M Shantanagoudar, both apex court judges, were also present on the occasion.

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