The 12 lawyers who were allegedly involved in the assault on Ram Karan,a police constable employed as Naib Court in the UT District Courts,have been asked to file their apologies to the Magistrate whom they had allegedly misbehaved with. Of the 13 lawyers,12 of them had in December tendered an unconditional and unqualified apology to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The 12 had filed affidavits submitting the apology. The High Court has asked the lawyers to file the same affidavits before the Magistrate who had reported the matter to the High Court by way of a complaint.
The directions were issued during the resumed hearing of a contempt petition. The 12 had been issued showcause notices by the High Court to explain as to why contempt proceedings be not initiated against them.
Before the High Court,the lawyers had filed identical affidavits stating that in order to maintain the dignity of the Court and without going into the merits of the case,the deponent tenders an unconditional and unqualified apology to this Court. Tendering the apology,the 12 lawyers had submitted that members of the Bar are an integral part of the Administration of justice and,as officers of the Court,have a larger and especial responsibility towards maintaining the even,peaceful and orderly course of justice in all Courts.
Further they had said in their affidavits that fully alive to this responsibility,the deponent (lawyers) craves the indulgence of this Court to accept their unconditional and unqualified apology. The apologies were taken on record last December.
Last week,the High Court asked the lawyers to file their apologies before the same Magistrate. It was on May 14,2011,that a bunch of unruly lawyers had hounded and thrashed Ram Karan,a police constable on the 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. Newsline was the first to report the fact-finding report submitted by the Registrar (Vigilance) to the Punjab and Haryana High Court holding the lawyers guilty of creating lawlessness on Court premises.
Not only did the lawyers use filthy language,they also climbed the dais and chairs inside the Court room,destroying the decorum of the Court on May 14,the report of the Vigilance Judge had read. Taking cognisance of the report of the Vigilance Judge,the High Court had taken suo motu notice against the lawyers and issued showcause contempt notices.
It may be recalled that the Judicial Magistrate against whom lawyers had raised slogans had reported the matter to the High Court and termed the incident an untoward one. It was after the one-and-a-half page report prepared by the Judicial Magistrate that the administrative committee held an emergent meeting and asked the Registrar (Vigilance) to hold an inquiry into the case.