Protectors of the law do not shy away from taking the law into their hands. The brawl,which occurred on the premises of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday,is not the first incident in which lawyers have been found involved in violating the law.
In the recent past similar incidents have taken place in the UT District Courts and also the High Court.
Following a heated argument on account of personal reasons,last December,former chairman of Punjab and Haryana Bar Council Lekhraj Sharma was allegedly thrashed by advocate Dharmender Rawat on High Court premises.
On February 21,2012,a ruckus was created on the premises of UT District Courts when a lawyer and a Chandigarh police inspector reportedly entered into a verbal altercation after the police officer had insisted on frisking the lawyer owing to security reasons.
Resisting it,advocate Arvind Thakur had lodged a written complaint with the police post at ISBT,Sector 17. Thakur had alleged in his complaint that Inspector Tarsem Singh Rana was performing his official duties without wearing uniform which was a violation of rules.
In another incident,on May 14,2011,a bunch of unruly lawyers had thrashed Ram Karan,a police constable on the District Court premises in full public view. Ram Karan had reportedly given a negative report against a lawyer in a criminal case and was accused of manhandling a lawyer.
Significantly,a fact finding report submitted by the then Registrar (Vigilance) to the Punjab and Haryana High Court had held lawyers guilty of creating lawlessness on Court premises.
Not only had the lawyers used filthy language,they had also climbed the dais and chairs inside the court room,destroying the decorum of the Court on May 14,2011,the report of Vigilance Judge had read.
Taking cognisance of the report of Vigilance Judge,the High Court had taken suo motu notice against the lawyers and issued show cause contempt notices.
It was only after the lawyers had tendered an unconditional and unqualified apology to the High Court that they were let off the contempt loop. The High Court had made the lawyers apologise to the lower Court Judge with whom they had misbehaved.