The Telegraph
Wednesday , April 30 , 2014
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New building leads to lawyers’ gain, clients’ pain

- Advocates vanish from Ranchi’s civil court premises, people confused over where to look

People had a tough time finding lawyers on the civil court premises in Ranchi on Tuesday.

The inconvenience comes a day after the advocates, who ran their business from the court campus earlier, moved to a new five-storeyed building behind the premises.

The places where the lawyers earlier sat are now being used as parking spaces.

Meanwhile, clients, unaware of the recent change, were seen restlessly looking for their respective advocates.

Yahi to baithte the. Pandrah din pahle hi to mile the ek case ke bare mein baat karne ke liye. Lekin aaj unke baithne ke jagah par motorbike laga hua hai. (He used to sit here. I had met him a fortnight ago to discuss a case. But, today a bike is parked there,” said Sudhna Swansi (60), who was looking for advocate Subodh Sinha.

Swansi had come from Hutar in Khunti district to meet Sinha, who earlier sat under a eucalyptus tree on the court premises.

Meanwhile, a court orderly suggested Swansi to go to the new building.

Sab yahan se chala gaya. Piche building mein khojiye (All of them have left this place. Go and search in the building behind the court).

The suggestion did not solve Swansi’s problem, as he did not know on which floor Sinha was sitting.

Kaise khojenge. Mere paas to unka number bhi nahi hai (How will I find him? I don’t even have his contact number,” he said, before an advocate suggested him to go and search for Sinha on the second floor.

Advocates, on their part, were happy to have moved into their new address.

“This is a nice place. In this new building, we have five storeys to accommodate more than 2,000 advocates. This apart, there is a basement to park vehicles and as many as 30 clean washrooms with regular water supply. Fans, lights and a canteen are extra advantages. Very soon, the building will have elevators and we won’t need to climb the stairs,” said Srikant, a lawyer sitting on the first floor of the building.

Srikant added that their days of suffering the torments of extreme weather were gone.

“We no longer need to brave scorching heat and torrential downpour. This place is heaven for us,” said

When asked about problems faced by clients like Swansi in locating the lawyer in the new building, another advocate Ajay Kumar Singh said that it was only a temporary hassle.

“Gradually, all clients will know the floor and table where their lawyers sit. They will be more than happy finding all advocates under one roof,” he added.