Chandigarh, Jul 30 (PTI) The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association on Tuesday protested here against the setting up of a tribunal which will deal with service-related matters of Haryana government employees.
The work remained suspended at the court due to the protest by lawyers, who claim the notification to set up the Haryana Administrative Tribunal was issued on July 24 without any infrastructure in place.
The decision to set up the tribunal was taken much earlier by the state government.
A large number of lawyers, including the bar association president DPS Randhawa, assembled outside the court building and sat on a protest. They raised slogans against the Haryana government and demanded the withdrawal of the notification.
The association''s executive committee on Thursday unanimously decided to suspend work for an indefinite period of time to protest the government notification. The lawyers have also submitted a memorandum to the Haryana governor against the move.
Among the various objections it has raised against setting up of the tribunal, the association claims that the notification was issued without any infrastructure in place.
Former chairman and association member Vijender Singh Ahlawat has said there was resentment among the members on setting up of the tribunal.
The state government has said the tribunal was essential in view of the increasing number of court cases, particularly those relating to employee service matters and disputes.
On Tuesday, senior Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Singh Chautala condemned the government decision to set up the tribunal in spite of the bitter opposition to it.
"It is ironical that while the state governments of Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh were in the process of winding up such administrative tribunals, the Haryana government had wilfully chosen to experiment with the folly.
"This step, instead of facilitating justice to the employees, will only add another hurdle in the process of seeking justice. Now the employees will first approach the tribunal and if not satisfied with it, they will then approach high court before appealing in the Supreme Court. The entire process will prolong the wait for justice," he said in a statement here.
Chautala said as things stand today, more than one lakh cases will be transferred from the high court to the tribunal which will have to hear them afresh.
"There are many cases that are on the verge of being decided but now they too will be heard by the tribunal all over again which will further delay justice," said Chautala.
He urged the M L Khattar government to withdraw its decision to set up tribunal. PTI SUN VSD DIV ABH ABH
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