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PILs against HC Bar body resolution admitted

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GUWAHATI, Aug 26 - A division bench comprising Justice T Vaiphei and Justice S Shyam admitted the public interest litigations (PILs) filed by senior advocates Bhaskar Dev Konwar and Benudhar Das, challenging the resolution of the Gauhati High Court Bar Association (GHCBA) boycotting the Court of acting Chief Justice K Sreedhar Rao.

Notices have been issued to the State Government, Bar Council of the NE Region, Gauhati High Court and GHCBA to file their responses by September 30.

Although the Court has changed the nomenclature of the PIL filed by senior advocate Bhaskar Dev Konwar into WP(C), the Court, however, made it clear that both the cases would be heard together.

During the course of the hearing, N Dutta, senior advocate, who appeared for the GHCBA, submitted that there is no extension of the resolution calling upon its members to abstain from the Court of the acting Chief Justice.

Konwar, meanwhile, drew the attention of the Court to the intimidation faced by him during the last two days, and to the fact that he was sought to be restrained from using the facilities provided by the High Court by some of the members of the Association.

Reacting to the developments, Konwar said, �I am happy to know that the association has not extended the call of boycott. At least better sense has prevailed at last. However, the effect of the call of the boycott can never be wiped out and the same would always remain a matter of concern. So far my suspension is concerned, it hardly affects me personally in any manner as I can effectively discharge my duties without remaining a member of the Association, but in view of the larger issues which are connected with my suspension, my fight for justice would continue.�

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PILs against HC Bar body resolution admitted

GUWAHATI, Aug 26 - A division bench comprising Justice T Vaiphei and Justice S Shyam admitted the public interest litigations (PILs) filed by senior advocates Bhaskar Dev Konwar and Benudhar Das, challenging the resolution of the Gauhati High Court Bar Association (GHCBA) boycotting the Court of acting Chief Justice K Sreedhar Rao.

Notices have been issued to the State Government, Bar Council of the NE Region, Gauhati High Court and GHCBA to file their responses by September 30.

Although the Court has changed the nomenclature of the PIL filed by senior advocate Bhaskar Dev Konwar into WP(C), the Court, however, made it clear that both the cases would be heard together.

During the course of the hearing, N Dutta, senior advocate, who appeared for the GHCBA, submitted that there is no extension of the resolution calling upon its members to abstain from the Court of the acting Chief Justice.

Konwar, meanwhile, drew the attention of the Court to the intimidation faced by him during the last two days, and to the fact that he was sought to be restrained from using the facilities provided by the High Court by some of the members of the Association.

Reacting to the developments, Konwar said, �I am happy to know that the association has not extended the call of boycott. At least better sense has prevailed at last. However, the effect of the call of the boycott can never be wiped out and the same would always remain a matter of concern. So far my suspension is concerned, it hardly affects me personally in any manner as I can effectively discharge my duties without remaining a member of the Association, but in view of the larger issues which are connected with my suspension, my fight for justice would continue.�