Islampur, Sept. 16: Calcutta High Court has passed an order to provide police security to a public prosecutor and four assistant public prosecutors working at Islampur court.
Justice Sanjib Banerjee of Calcutta High Court issued the order on Thursday, after all the five had been allegedly dictated by representatives of the local Bar association to refrain from attending the court of a particular judge.
A source said, in July, members of the Bar association decided to boycott the court of Ranjan Gupta, an additional district judge.
The public prosecutor and the four assistant public prosecutors have alleged that Gupta had misbehaved with a lawyer, called a special meeting and decided that all the members would boycott his court.
Gupta has retired recently.
However, Kaizer Choudhury, the public prosecutor and the four assistant public prosecutors, who, being lawyers, are also members of the Bar, continued their work and attended Gupta’s court while ignoring the decision of the Bar association.
This prompted the Bar association to issue show-cause letters to them. All the five replied but could not satisfy the executive committee of the association. Soon, the Bar association decided to suspend Choudhury.
There were further allegations that Choudhury and the four assistant public prosecutors had to face opposition in continuing their day-to-day work, which made all them file a writ petition at the Calcutta High Court.
“The Calcutta High Court heard the case and Justice Sanjib Banerjee issued an order on Thursday, mentioning that the bar association might be an organisation of lawyers but it does not have the authority to dictate lawyers for not attending courts,” Choudhury said today.
“The Calcutta High Court has also ordered that all five of us should be provided with police security to ensure that we enter the courts and carry out our work without any hassle,” he said.
According to him, being a government lawyer, he cannot boycott courts like other lawyers.
“The Calcutta High Court has given the right decision,” Choudhury said.
Meanwhile, members of the Bar association, who have faced criticism from the judiciary on the issue, said they have called a meeting to discuss the matter.
“We have heard about the Calcutta High Court order and have called a meeting of the Bar association on September 21,” said Jalal Khanna, the Bar association secretary.
“We will soon take a decision on it,” he added.