Jalpaiguri, Sept. 12: The Jalpaiguri Bar Association has decided to observe cease-work tomorrow and submit memorandums to the President, Prime Minister, chief minister and central and state ministers, resuming the movement demanding the circuit bench of Calcutta High Court here.
Today, the association members organised a march on the district court campus to press for the demand.
“On Sunday, a delegation from the bar association met state law minister Chandrima Bhattacharya. The law minister told us that the Calcutta High Court had informed the state that the land which had been earmarked for the permanent infrastructure of the bench (in Rajbaripara near here) was not adequate. It has been told that the the boundary wall, which is under construction, has to be demolished and built again,” Avinandan Choudhury, secretary of the Jalpaiguri Bar Association, said at a news conference today.
“After learning this, we held a meeting and we feel that the project has faced fresh uncertainty. We have decided to resume our movement for setting up the circuit bench, which would commence with our cease work tomorrow,” he added.
The Dak Bungalow of the Jalpaiguri zilla parishad on Station Road near here had been readied for the functioning of the bench and a bungalow of the state irrigation department had been renovated for the Chief Justice to stay. For other Justices, an annex building has been raised near the circuit house.
During the Left Front rule, a 40-acre plot was acquired at Rajbaripara for setting up the permanent building and allied infrastructure.
After the new government came to power, construction of a boundary wall and roads in the area was taken up.
On September 1 last year, Chief Justice Arun Mishra of the Calcutta High Court and chief minister Mamata Banerjee had jointly laid the foundation stone of the permanent infrastructure.
“The chief architect of the Calcutta high Court had approved the plans and designs of the permanent infrastructure, after which the state government started work. But the law minister is now telling us about inadequacy of land and demolition and reconstruction of the boundary wall, which has left us disappointed,” Choudhury said.
“The Presidential assent to setting up the bench has come and the state government is keen to set up the bench. We want the bench to start functioning immediately. Apart from the cease-work, we will also send memorandums to the President, Prime Minister, chief minister, Union and state law ministers and north Bengal development minister, seeking their intervention,” Choudhury said. “We will also organise conventions, demonstrations and other forms of movement.”