Judge's boycott posers for lawyers

Justice Girish Gupta today issued an order asking the Calcutta High Court Bar Association certain specific questions on his boycott by lawyers and said he was in favour of an "amicable settlement".

By Our Legal Reporter in Calcutta
  • Published 1.08.15
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Calcutta, July 31: Justice Girish Gupta today issued an order asking the Calcutta High Court Bar Association certain specific questions on his boycott by lawyers and said he was in favour of an "amicable settlement".

In the judicial order, the judge asked Bar Association members to turn up in his court on Monday and answer the following questions:

  • How many lawyers had lodged a complaint against him (Justice Gupta)?
  • How many members were present at the meeting of the association in which the decision to boycott him was taken?
  • What was the exact text of the resolution through which the decision to boycott him was taken?
  • What are the names of the lawyers preventing investigating officers and litigants from entering his court?
  • The judge mentioned that the 150-year-old Calcutta High Court had the experience to tackle such a situation. "But I want an amicable settlement of the stalemate," he mentioned in the order.

Hours after the order was passed, the executive committee of the Bar Association held a news conference and said members met Justice Gupta in his chamber today and requested him to give them time till Wednesday to answer his queries. Pratik Prakash Banerjee, the vice-president of the association, claimed Justice Gupta had agreed to the proposal.

The Supreme Court today refrained from interfering with the boycott of Justice Gupta but requested the high court to list before another bench a case filed NRI doctor Kunal Saha.