Soon after the UT police registered a case against 20 advocates of the Punjab and Haryana High Court,including the former additional advocate general and ex-president of the High Court Bar Association,Rupinder Singh Khosla,most advocates at the Chandigarh sessions court suspended work in the courts.
Support for Khosla,however,seemed to be partial,as many advocates attended to their work. One of the advocates,who attended a case,said,I feel that the advocates were wrong when they thrashed the head constable. We,lawyers,have actually lowered our dignity.
Calling it an arbitrary action of the police authorities against Khosla,soon after the news about the FIR lodged against the advocate spread,the District Bar Association had displayed a notice stating,It has been unanimously resolved by the members of the bar to abstain from court work in the Chandigarh Sessions division to protest against the registration of a case against Rupinder Khosla and 19 other advocates of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Chandigarh District Bar Association president NK Nanda said,The lawyers only went to the court to get their dates. Neither were arguments were heard,nor were witnesses examined.
Another advocate on condition of anonymity said that he had completed his work by the time the message of the protest spread in the court.
Nanda added,The police have done a one-sided inquiry into the case. Khosla was also slapped and he too sustained injures. Moreover,the inquiry officer never recorded his statement. The FIR is also very biased.
FIR filed against man for pasting posters crtisising lawyers,cops
The UT Police on Tuesday registered a case under the West Bengal Property Defacement Act,when one Baljeet Singh Khalsa put up a poster outside the Chandigarh Police Headquarters,Sector 9,criticising the advocates of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the UT Police officials. His resentment came from the delay in registering a case against the advocates of the High Court,who had allegedly trashed a head constable of the UT police. He had mentioned in the poster that he will take the law in his hands if the police officials did not take an action against the advocates. In the poster he had clearly mentioned his name and mobile number so that anyone who wanted to join him could call on his number. Sector-3 police station registered a case against him. The accused was arrested and later released on bail.