Joint panel of HC judges, legal professionals to iron out points

VADODARA: A joint committee of five judges selected by the high court chief justice and five advocates picked up by the (BBA) will be formed to find a solution to the burning problem of seating arrangement at the new court complex in , which has sparked angry protests from the lawyers for the past three days.
The decision to form a joint committee was taken after a meeting between the delegation of advocates from Vadodara, chief justice, four high court judges on Thursday.

However, the advocates who are on a hunger strike have refused to call off their stir.

During the meeting held on Thursday evening at the high court, it also came to light that no representation was done by the Baroda Bar Association before the high court regarding the seating arrangement. “The chief justice told us that since no representation was done, we made the arrangement that deemed fit to us,” said senior advocate , who was present in the meeting.

Bhatt added that the bar association should pass a resolution and send them which not only includes the names of the five advocates but also the interim arrangement that the agitating lawyers are seeking besides the permanent solution. “After the resolution is sent to them, the joint committee of advocates and judges will sit together and discuss the proposal,” Bhatt said.

While announcing the details before large gathering of lawyers at the gate of the new court complex, Bhatt said, “I request all the members to give their suggestions to the association and the office-bearers should go through them so that a solution can be brought out.”

“The chief justice was very positive and cooperative and he even urged that the hunger strike be called off to maintain cordial relations between the judiciary and the lawyers,” he said.

The advocates even showed a plan to the judges for the annexe building and the two halls allotted in the main building where tables of same sizes which will be provided by bar association can be placed. However, the final decision will be taken by the committee after a written proposal is sent by the BBA.

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