The amicus curiae appointed to look into the issue of security of persons from the North East states on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that putting special focus on the racial issue would “escalate” the problem.
Giving his submissions during a hearing on the case arising out of an alleged “attack” on a woman lawyer and her clients from the North East at the Tis Hazari court last year, senior advocate Upendra Hazarika said that the issue was of “lawyers vs non-lawyers” and not just an issue of “persons from the North East”. “Personally I think if we make it an issue about persons from North East, it will make people feel more isolated,” Hazarika said.
The court of Justice G S Sistani and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, however, said that the issue had to be taken seriously and the courts had to take action “even if a small percentage of the people are feeling isolated or are not getting positive vibes”.
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The court had earlier asked the officebearers of the Delhi High Court and district court bar associations to come up with suggestions to tackle the issue of “racial discrimination” among lawyers. The court on Wednesday also suggested that the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DLSA) could consider creating films on the North East to make lawyers and other people aware of the persons from the seven North East states. The bench also suggested that the films could be shown in the courts as well as at open theatres in the city.