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Illegal colonies inside Tis Hazari biggest threat, say lawyers

The Bar held two meetings recently to install more CCTV cameras on the premises.

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Just 200 metres from the spot where the body of 40-year-old lawyer Rajeev Sharma was found, lies the office of the sub-divisional magistrate. At the T-block that houses lawyers’ chambers inside the Tis Hazari Courts Complex, where Sharma was killed, there are no CCTV cameras.

Lawyers say there are unauthorised colonies inside the premises, which pose the biggest security risk at the oldest district court in the city.

Following the murder of Sharma inside the court premises, the Delhi District Court Bar Association has raised serious concerns over security. “When the court was built 40 years back, the construction workers stayed back. Over decades, they have refused to go, giving rise to unauthorised colonies. They are the biggest security threat inside the court premises,” Sanjeev Nasiar, DDBA president, said.

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“You cannot track them as they do not work at the court. They have no identity cards. It is the only court in the city where people who are not part of court can stay at the court and there is no way to track them,” he said.

He said they have requested the district judge now to issue order for demolishing the encroachments. “We have told the district judge about the issue. Since it is under his jurisdiction, any action can be taken only by him. We hope the court will take a positive step after this incident,” he said.

Sources said the Bar held two meetings recently with the authorities to install more CCTV cameras on the premises.

First published on: 18-04-2015 at 02:12 IST
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