High Court Awadh Bar Association calls off strike, to resume work...

Awadh Bar Association calls off strike, to resume work from March 8

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Lucknow, Mar 7 (ILNS) The agitation by the Awadh Bar Association, going on since February 24 in protest against the place of establishment of Education Tribunal and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Appellate Tribunal, has been called off.

According to a resolution passed by the Association yesterday, the members have collectively resolved to resume work.

“For the time being, the agenda to refrain from judicial work has been kept aside. All the members of the Awadh Bar Association, along with the lawyers, will be joining the court from March 8 and judicial work will be resumed,” said the resolution.

The Association also decided to form a ‘Jurisdictional Struggle Committee’ (Kshetradhikar Sanghars Samiti), which will consist of advocates, academicians and members of social organisations.

This committee will hold a candle march at the General Post Office, Lucknow on March 12, it added.

The Awadh Bar Association has been protesting against the Uttar Pradesh Education Tribunal Services Bill of 2021, which was tabled by the state government during the annual budget.

The Bill, in its earlier form, provided that the main bench of the Education Tribunal will be established at Lucknow, but later the Bill was modified and the sitting of benches were bifurcated at both Allahabad and Lucknow.

The members want the seat of the Tribunal to be solely at Lucknow without any bifurcation as there is enough place/infrastructure to comply with the requirements.

Apart from Education Tribunal, the Awadh Bar Association has also taken exception to the proposal to establish the GST Appellate Tribunal at Prayagraj.

The government had earlier said that the seat of this tribunal would be at Lucknow. However, it was later decided that the same would be established at Prayagraj.

The Awadh Bar Association also filed a petition before the Allahabad High Court challenging the said decision, with the High Court staying the government decision to establish the GST Appellate Tribunal in UP.

Interestingly, the Allahabad High Court Bar Association (AHCBA) is also on strike over the issue of seat of Education Tribunal. It’s demand is that the Education Tribunal’s principal seat should be at Prayagraj, instead of Lucknow.

On March 6, the AHCBA also decided to the strike will continue, and in pursuance of the same, the association has declared “Prayagraj band” on March 9.

Meanwhile, the Allahabad High Court on March 3 took suo motu cognisance of the protests by the Bar associations, taking a dim view of the boycott of courts.

“By absentation from judicial work, valuable judicial time has been criminally wasted and that has effected the judicial working of Allahabad High Court for other important jurisdictions also. The largest High Court of the country cannot afford such non-functionality of Courts on any count,” it added.

It proceeded to order that the Education Tribunal can be established only with the leave of the High Court and also directed the State government to invite representatives of the Bar Associations of Allahabad and Lucknow for deliberations on the issues, which have led to the strike. ILNS/SNG/JR

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