Social activist and lawyer Nutan Thakur was on Thursday allegedly stopped by her colleagues from applying for bail on behalf of Sub-Inspector (S-I) Shailendra Pratap Singh — an accused in the murder of advocate Nabi Ahmed in the district court premises on March 11.
Thakur told The Indian Express while she was getting an affidavit prepared in the court premises, the lawyers allegedly harassed her. Following this, she left the court for a while.
Later, she approached the chief judicial magistrate’s court to file Singh’s bail plea. But she was told that the matter will be dealt with by the additional district judge, as the case is at the stage of trial.
When she went to the additional district judge, she was asked to go to the district judge’s office. “Due to obstructions, I was a few minutes late and the application was not accepted. I will again come tomorrow,” said Thakur.
Claiming that the lawyers wanted her to show her registration with the district bar association, she added: “I am enrolled with the UP Bar Council. I can appear on behalf of anybody in any court. My only question is why not a single bail application has been filed on Shailendra’s behalf when the case is more than three months old.”
“Usually, a bail plea is moved within a few days of the arrest. But nobody is ready to take up the S-I’s case. An accused has the legal right to defend himself,” she added and claimed that if her attempt to file a bail application was scuttled again, she will explore the possibility of getting the case transferred.
However, District Bar Association president Sheetala Prasad Mishra said: “We have nothing against anybody pursuing the S-I’s case. But the manner in which Thakur arrived in the court, accompanied by heavy security, created tension on the court premises. I had to intervene to ensure that things did not snowball into something serious.”
When asked, SP (City) Rajesh Yadav said: “Nobody was provided with personal security from our side. However, outside the court, security is always present. Within the court, the judicial administration is responsible. As per our information, the bail application could not be filed on account of delay.”
On March 11, Naib Ahmed was shot dead allegedly by S-I Shailendra Pratap Singh in the court, following an argument over a case. This led to pitched violence between the lawyers and the police. The S-I was later arrested on charges of murder. The incident also led to strike a by the UP Bar Council.
The chargesheet against Singh was filed earlier this month, a couple of days before the stipulated 90-day period was to expire. Non-filing of chargesheet within 90 days would have made the S-I liable for bail, as per Criminal Procedure Code norms.