December 20, 2014 4:19:26 am
A meeting organised to discuss “issues of lawyers” at the Dwarka court premises with former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal turned chaotic on Friday afternoon, after the district judge refused to allow lawyers to organise the event on court premises.
The confrontation led to lawyers gheraoing the district judge’s courtroom and calling for a strike on Saturday.
The chaos and drama unfolded in the middle of a meeting organised by lawyers of Dwarka Court Bar Association.
At the meeting, Kejriwal was scheduled to discuss issues faced by the lawyers.
Even as the AAP leader was getting felicitated by the lawyers, the judicial officer and the judges intervened and refused to let the lawyers hold the event.
Kejriwal requested the lawyers to abide by district judge’s directive. “If the district judge has directed not to organise the event, we will respect her decision,” he said.
The event was shifted to the chamber building. During the meeting, lawyers of the Dwarka court expressed their concerns.
“Dwarka court was formed with three sub-divisions. Now, only Najafgarh is with us. Vasant Vihar and Delhi Cantonment have been taken away…,” a lawyer said.
After hearing their concerns, Kejriwal said, “In principle, I believe all of us should work for justice. All your issues are genuine and need to be addresses immediately.”
After Kejirwal left, over 100 lawyers gheraoed the judge’s courtroom, protesting against being “insulted”. “Why was this event given a political colour? We had invited him as a guest to hear our concerns.”
Lawyers then staged a walkout and declared a strike on Saturday. “We will continue to protest outside the entry gates,” Advocate Jitender Solanki, Additional Secretary, DCBA, said.
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