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District court lawyers to go on strike

Strike called across six district courts today to protest against ‘police misbehaviour’

The district court lawyers in Delhi have called for a strike on Tuesday to protest against the alleged police misbehaviour faced by two lawyers in the Saket court complex on July 7.

The strike has been called across the six district courts in New Delhi. Proxy counsels have been appointed by the respective Bar associations to provide legal assistance during the strike. “We have informed the judges of the district courts and requested them to desist from passing any adverse order during the strike,” Nitin Ahlwat,General Secretary of the coordination committee for the Delhi Bar Association,said.

According to members of the coordination committee,policemen stationed at Saket court had prevented advocates Subhash Solanki and Jaydev Solanki from entering the court premises on the evening of July 7. The duo had parked their car within the compound and police disallowed them from retrieving their vehicle when they returned late at night.

“Police ignored their identity cards and started beating the lawyers. They later put them in the lock-up for the night,” Ahlwat said.

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“Police also filed a false case against the advocates under Sections 186 and 353 of the Indian Penal Code for assaulting policemen and obstructing them from discharge of their public duties,” Satyanarayan Sharma,a member of the coordination committee said. The strike has been called to further the demand of the lawyers that the case against the two advocates be withdrawn and action be taken against the police officials.

According to the FIR filed by the Delhi Police on July 7,on a complaint by the policemen on duty at Gate No 3 of the Saket District Court complex,three men claiming to be advocates had tried to enter the court complex around 1.30 am on Saturday night in an inebriated condition.

The FIR names one of the men and says that he slapped the policeman on duty at the gate of the complex when he was not allowed to enter. The police FIR also alleges that the men had refused to show their identity cards to the policemen on duty and had instead argued with the police to be allowed to enter the court premises as they were lawyers.