Mumbai : Taking suo motu cognisance of the issue the Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued show cause notice to the striking lawyers and imposed fine of Rs 3000 on advocates of Satara, representing 13 accused, for failing to attend the trial procedure of the murder case of wrestler Sanjay Patil. These lawyers were participating in the protest, declared by local advocates, seeking to set up a bench of high court in Kolhapur.
A division bench headed by justice Dharmadhikari also directed the Bar counsel of India, Bar counsel of Maharashtra and district level authority to ensure that judicial system should not be not paralysed. “The court is not powerless if the cause of justice suffers. The trial can be transferred to other district if lawyers in these six districts are not willing to end strike,” said justice Dharmadhikari.
“The government can transfer cases to nearby places because it is a major litigant in at least 50 per cent of the cases. But we are hopeful that such a step would not be required,” the bench said.
The High Court also asked Principal Judge of Satara Court to ensure that no application for adjournment in this case is entertained in future. The matter came into light during the hearing of a petition filed by kin of wrestler Sanjay Patil, who was publicly shot dead in a market at Karad by two assailants in 2009,seeking CBI enquiry of the case. In course of hearing, the court was informed that the trail of the case is delaying as defence lawyers have boycotted the court procedure.