Violence on Court premises; All District Bar Association members to surrender before police,go behind bars
The ongoing dispute between lawyers of the UT District Courts and Chandigarh Police took a new turn today as all the lawyers booked by the UT police on charges of beating up a constable on the Court premises withdrew their anticipatory bail pleas. The lawyers booked by Chandigarh Police had filed their anticipatory bail applications,seeking a stay over their arrest.
The Court had refused to grant immediate relief and issued notices to Chandigarh Police. Today the lawyers withdrew their bail applications.
Refusing to seek any relief from the Court,the lawyers decided not to do so after they alleged that Chandigarh Police has wrongly booked more lawyers who were not even present in the Court last Saturday when police constable Ram Karan was thrashed. The lawyers have decided that not only the 18 booked by the police but all members of the District Bar Association will surrender before Chandigarh Police and go behind bars.
This is gross injustice by Chandigarh Police. Lawyers who were not even present on the Court premises have been booked for reasons best known to them. We will not tolerate this. All the Bar members have decided to surrender before the police and go behind the bars said Advocate N K Nanda,President of the District Bar Association.
On condition of anonymity,a lawyer who was booked by the police on Tuesday told Newsline,I was arguing a case in Ropar when I got to know that such an incident had taken place. I reached the UT District Courts at 1:30 pm. How can I be booked ?
The lawyers are reportedly trying to strike a compromise with police constable Ram Karan in a bid to resolve the dispute. On the other hand,Chandigarh Police is yet to make even a single arrest in a case in which one of its men was thrashed on the Court premises by a group of lawyers.
Flatly denying any scope for an agreement,Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naunihal Singh said,There cannot be any agreement in such cases. We are gathering evidence and trying to establish who all were present at the spot.
Asked about the allegation that the police have booked the wrong persons,Naunihal Singh replied,The investigation is on. We will look into the matter. Meanwhile,the Punjab and Haryana High Court is likely to take a decision on the report to be submitted by the Registrar (Vigilance).
The Registrar was asked to submit a report after Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Parvinder Singh had apprised the High court of the untoward incident.
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