Dumka, Sept. 22: Setting up a division bench of Jharkhand High Court in Dumka will top the priority list of the new district bar association formed today.
Soon after the results of yesterday’s polls were declared, the new bar council president Gopeswar Prasad Jha vowed to launch a series of programmes to up the ante on their long-pending demand, which is “as old as the state of Jharkhand”.
“The matter has been hanging fire because of the indifference of successive governments. Litigants of six districts of Santhal Pargana have been suffering due to the state’s apathy,” Jha, also a member of the state bar council, said.
A large number of litigants, mostly poor, from Santhal Pargana, can’t afford the cost of travelling to the state capital to seek justice from Jharkhand High Court. “They are often forced to stay content with the verdict of lower courts,” Jha added.
A high court division bench here, it is believed, will go a long way to ensure justice to tribal and other downtrodden sections.
Local lawyers appeared upbeat over Jha making it to the bar council’s top post again as they believe their “movement will receive a fresh leash of life”. “We hope to revive our agitation to press for a high court bench here,” said Kumar Prabhat, a Dumka lawyer.
During his previous stint as bar president between 2007 and 2010, Jha spearheaded several torch rallies and demonstrations in support of this demand.
Members of the district bar council had submitted memorandums to the chief minister and governor, but to no avail. Sources claimed that even land to set up a high court division bench was acquired around four years ago.
In the bar council polls, Rakesh Kumar and Subodh Chandra Mandal have been elected to the posts of vice-president and general secretary, respectively.
Somnath Dey and Amar Kumar Mandal have been selected as joint secretaries while Vimlendu Kumar and Mahadeo Mahto have grabbed the post of treasurer and assistant treasurer, respectively.