Lawyers across the state on Wednesday abstained from judicial work in protest against the arrest of one of their colleagues in Samastipur on April 19.
Legal work in courts across the state remained paralysed for the boycott call given by the Bihar State Bar Council to protest the arrest of lawyer Anil Kumar Singh by the district authorities in Samastipur. Singh was arrested for allegedly charging a fee of Rs 30 for drafting an application, an action that was considered by the deputy development commissioner (DDC), Deepak Anand, as an instance of “bribery”.
The former president of All India Bar Council, Suraj Narayan Sinha, said: “According to the prior decision of the Bihar State Bar Council, an eight-member delegation today visited Samastipur to inquire into the matter. The members of the delegation met Samastipur district judge Nisha Nath Ojha and urged him to end the deadlock.”
“The district judge later called Samastipur DDC but he did not turn up. However, the district supply officer, who represented the DDC, visited the chamber of the district judge but nothing materialised. Thus, the talks ended without a positive result. We will submit a report to the state Bar council for further action,” he said.