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Heat keeps lawyers away

The Behrampore district court wears a deserted look on Tuesday. Picture by Chayan Majumdar

May 20: Lawyers in Murshidabad and Nadia are staying away from courts because of a heat wave that has shown no sign of abating in the past week.

The lawyers said the heat was keeping clients away from the courts. “Moreover, we have to sit under tin, asbestos or tarpaulin sheds on the court premises and it becomes unbearably hot as the day progresses,” said Masood Karim, a lawyer at the Behrampore chief judicial magistrate’s court.

The bar association of Behrampore held a meeting yesterday and decided that lawyers would not attend the courts till June 2. The bar associations of Kandi, Jangipur and Lalbag met today and decided that they would stay away at least till May 25.

The maximum temperature recorded today at the office of the Directorate of Central Sericulture in Behrampore was 42 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature today was pegged at 43 degrees by the agriculture department in Krishnagar, Nadia.

Bar association sources said over 50,000 cases were pending in the courts in Murshidabad and Nadia, adding that leaves for such a short period would not affect proceedings.

Mukta Ghosal, the president of the Jangipur bar association, said today: “Most clients come from rural areas. They told the lawyers that they were finding it extremely difficult to travel in the scorching heat.”