Calcutta HC lawyers on cease work till Aug 27

Lawyers at Calcutta High Court Thursday decided to cease work till August 27 apprehending that the West Bengal government would pass a Bill in the Assembly raising the value of property in which the City Civil Court could hear cases from the limit of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore.

Claiming that the City Civil Court Amendment Bill 2012, which is yet to be passed in the Assembly, would reduce the jurisdiction of the high court, three associations of lawyers decided to cease work till Tuesday.

"The state is proposing a Bill to reduce the jurisdiction of the high court by 10 times without giving us a hearing," Bar Library Club secretary Pramit Roy said. He claimed that with the huge backlog of cases before the City Civil Court, disposal of matters would get more delayed with raising of its jurisdiction.

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