Mohamed Imranullah S.
MADURAI: Chief Justice of the Madras High Court A.K. Ganguly has urged lawyers across the State to call off their agitation against the Full Court’s (all Judges) decision permitting court staff to apply for 201 District Munsif and Judicial Magistrate vacancies.
His personal secretary-cum-Registrar K. Vasudevan on Tuesday conveyed this message to office-bearers of the Federation of District and Subordinate Courts Bar Associations of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, and other Bar Associations in the Madurai Bench of the High Court.
Office-bearers said the Registrar tried to persuade them to give up the strike them by pointing to a news report in The Hindu dated July 12, which said that the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission was continuing to process applications on the basis of the May 10 recruitment notification, which excluded court staff.
Bar Federation Chairman P. Paramasivam said it had been decided to suspend the hunger strike, scheduled for Wednesday, in all districts, and the rally proposed to be taken out in Chennai on Friday.
“However, we shall continue to boycott court proceedings until the High Court comes out with a written assurance.”
The Federation’s executive committee will meet in Salem on Thursday. Office-bearers of the Bar Associations in the Madurai Bench said they would convene a meeting on Wednesday to take a final decision.
Lawyers quoted the Registrar as saying that the High Court would not insist on implementing the Full Court’s decision. However, when contacted for his views, Mr. Vasudevan said it would not be appropriate for him to comment on the issue at this point of time.
High Court’s Registrar (Administration), G. Chinniya Naidu, in a communication to the Home Secretary S. Malathi on June 27 in D.O. Letter No.80/2006-Con.B1, had requested the government to approve the Full Court’s decision to amend the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Service (Cadre and Recruitment) Rules.
A copy of the letter, available with The Hindu, reads: “I am directed to forward herewith the proposed Amendment … and to request to take necessary immediate steps to notify the same in the official Gazette. A copy of the notified rules may be communicated to the High Court immediately.”