Denied chamber space, lawyer tries to ‘set himself on fire’ in Rohini court in Delhi

The lawyer was rushed to hospital, where he received first aid and was discharged later. The police have registered a case of attempted suicide against him, said an officer.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 19, 2016 4:01:54 am

A lawyer tried to set himself on fire in a courtroom inside Rohini Court complex Friday, reportedly because he was upset over not being allotted a chamber there, said police.

The lawyer, Ravinder Dabas, remained unhurt as he was saved by the other lawyers present in the court complex. At 11 am Friday, police received a call about a lawyer pouring kerosene on himself in court no. 216 in Rohini court complex and setting himself on fire. Other lawyers inside the courtroom rushed to his rescue and managed to take off his robes, which was on fire, said police.

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The lawyer was rushed to hospital, where he received first aid and was discharged later. The police have registered a case of attempted suicide against him, said an officer.

On reports that Dabas set himself on fire as he was upset over not being allotted a chamber, the official said, “We talked to senior members of the Bar Association, who told us that chambers are allotted according to a certain protocol and such decisions are taken by a bench of district judges. The allotment takes place entirely on the grounds of seniority, experience and one’s tenure as a practicing lawyer in the court”.

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