NEW DELHI

Initiate talks with lawyers, urges Bar Council



NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing stand-off between the striking lawyers of Tis Hazari courts and the Delhi High Court, Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) has requested the Chief Justice of India and the High Court Chief Justice to meet the council members to open an avenue of talks to defuse the situation.

In a resolution, the Council urged CJI Justice Sabharwal and Delhi High Court Chief Justice Markandey Katju ``to take out some time immediately to meet the members of the Bar Council to open and avenue of dialogue and discussions to resolve the present impasse and to prevent further escalation and aggravation.''

The council felt that for cordiality between the Bar and the Bench and the ultimate interest of the institution, the two should meet and find an amicable and respectable solution to the present impasse.

According to a release issued by BCD secretary Abhay Verma, the council took exception to the CJI's statement accusing it of maintaining silence on the ongoing strike.

The counsel had held an emergency meeting on the issue on January 10 in which it was decided to immediately intervene and meet the High Court Chief Justice, it pointed out and lamented that for reasons best known to him, the Chief Justice chose not to give audience to the Bar Council members. Observing that the crisis cannot be resolved without dialogue, BCD expressed concern that ``any further delay may create a chaotic, complex and complicated situation.''

The Delhi Bar Association members, have threatened to forcibly lock the courts at Tis Hazari tomorrow.-PTI



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