Bar Association cease-work

Statesman News Service
KALIMPONG, July 31. — The Bar association of all three hill sub-divisions — Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong — will cease work tomorrow in demand for a judicial officer to take care of tenancy disputes.
The Vice president of the Bar of Kalimpong, advocate Mr DN Pandey said that all hill lawyers would press the demand for empowering a judicial judge for the trial of tenancy matters. “The West Bengal Premises Tenancy Act of 1997, which came in force from 2002 onwards, allows for only one judicial officer, who at present is engaged in Siliguri. Hence the appointment of one such officer in all the hill sub-divisions has become a necessity, as both the parties (landlords and tenants) have to face a lot of trouble in visiting Siliguri every time they face a problem”, advocate Mr Pandey said.
The old tenancy act of 1955 allowed an officer each for the three sub-division. “The SDO’s have been dealing with pre and post litigation cases, but certainly factors like legal concept, fair trial and outside influence are overlooked”, Mr Pandey claimed.Following this, the entire lot of legal workers would head for a ceasework tomorrow.
The associations have also jointly submitted memos to the Kolkata high court and the judiciary department of the state government.

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