The Imphal Bench of the Gauhati High Court wore a deserted look on Thursday as advocates stayed away from court in furtherance of their demands. N. Kumarjit, president of the Manipur High Court Bar Association, told journalists that they were demanding the appointment of deserving advocates and judicial officers from Manipur as judges of the high court.
The conclusion of the meeting held on Wednesday was that the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, the Prime Minister, and the Chief Minister would be requested not to appoint judges from any other State except Manipur for the proposed Manipur High Court.
Mr. Kumarjit said that the proposed high court should have seven judges, all from Manipur. The Bar Association had initially launched a cease-work strike on June 11, 2012.When the then Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid had given a positive assurance on July 7, 2012, the advocates called off the strike on July 9.
Mr. Kumarjit said that there were reports that efforts were on for the appointment of one chief justice and three judges from other States for the proposed high court.
This was totally unacceptable to the Bar Association. Advocates said that at the moment there were over 6000 cases pending in the Imphal Bench of the High Court, many of them needing urgent disposal.