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Bar Association's plea for holiday rejected

NEW DELHI: ``How many holidays do people want'', the Chief Justice of India, R.C. Lahoti, asked on Saturday before turning down a request from the Supreme Court Bar Association to declare Monday a holiday on account of Ram Navami. The court will, therefore, function on Monday though the Central and Delhi Governments buckled to demands and have declared the day a holiday.

Parliament, earlier scheduled to meet on Monday, will now meet on Tuesday. The Delhi High Court and the subordinate courts would also remain closed on Monday.

The association president, P.H. Parekh, said ``I requested the Chief Justice of India (CJI) to declare Monday a holiday as per the wishes of the Bar Association. The CJI turned down the request, saying many matters have been listed and a holiday would upset the schedule for hearing of the cases.''

As the advocates on Friday mentioned cases for early hearing, the Chief Justice said that on the one hand there was demand for early listing of the cases, citing urgency but on the other hand there was ``a lot of pressure from the Supreme Court Bar Association to declare Monday a holiday''.

Turning down the request, the CJI said one adjournment of a case due to an unscheduled holiday would result in pushing back its hearing by at least six months.

PTI

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