The protest by judges entered into the fifth day on Wednesday as they continued their boycott of work. The judges are protesting against a lawyer’s alleged misconduct on the court of an additional session judge.
Advocate Chaudhry Masood is accused of hitting Judge Asad Ali with a shoe in the court on May 5.
Civil and sessions court judges, expressing solidarity with the judge, have remained away from their courts ever since.
A session judge, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Express Tribune that some lawyers who wanted court decisions to go in their favour used such tactics to coerce the judges. The lawyer’s licence has been suspended. The protesting judges are now demanding registration of an FIR against him. In a protest of their own, some litigants said that the judges’ suspension of work was creating problems for them.
A District Bar Association spokesperson said that a delegation of senior lawyers would meet the Lahore High Court chief justice today to discuss the incident and a strategy for avoiding such incidents in future.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2012.
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