According to IPS Officer and Social Activist, Amitabh Thakur who had a case listed in the Court, today, there was a strike by the advocates association in Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court. An advocate, known to Mr. Thakur, was also sitting in the Court room waiting to argue his case despite the strike.
Suddenly the High Court Judge called
this advocate by name and said-"Mr X, there is a saying that
when in Rome, do as the Romans do", meaning very apparently that
when all other advocates are on strike, he shall not strike a
discordant note and defy the consensus.
The advocate immediately understood the
meaning and profusely apologized for his presence. Mr. Thakur was
witness to the entire conversation and felt internally pained at the
huge role reversals. But he fully understood his limitations of being
an ordinary mortal involved in matters related with a High Court
Judge on one hand and the advocates on the other.
The Supreme Court has said again and
again that advocate's strike is completely illegal and the Courts
shall not take cognizance of these strikes in any circumstances.
Again, everyone knows about the huge
number of cases pending in the law courts, and the losses in the
judicial process incurred in such strikes. But what can be done if
Rome is burning and Nero devotes himself to playing fiddle?