In future judges may have to attend courts wearing helmets: SC

Unfortunate that those who have to fight for people's rights are indulging in such activities: SC.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2012 7:21:56 pm

The Supreme Court on Tuesday deprecated the growing cult of violence unleashed by a section of lawyers in the country and observed that in the years to come judges may have to come to courts “wearing helmets” for their protection.

“In one instance a magistrate was thrashed right in the court premises by an advocate after being denied bail in a case. Perhaps in a few years from now,judges should come to courts wearing helmets,” it said.

A Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhya made the observation,while adjourning by two weeks a PIL complaining of large scale violence by hooligans in the Andhra Pradesh High Court and other places in the state over the separate Telangana agitation issue.

The apex court also mulled as to whether it should cancel the licences of the advocates engaged in such violent activities in the courts.

“It had happened in Allahabad,Tamil Nadu and Karnataka also. Will it not be proper for this court to cancel the licences of such advocates,” the Bench asked senior counsel R Venkatramani appearing for the state.

The apex court recalled an incident when a magistrate was assaulted in the court premises itself by an advocate after his client was denied the bail.

It is unfortunate that those who are supposed to fight for the rights of the people are indulging in such activities,the Bench said.

The court made the remarks while dealing with advocate P V Krishnaiah’s plea for actions against the perpetrators of the violence and compensation for those killed and wounded in the ongoing two-year-old stir for the separate state.

The petitioner had contended that normal activities in the state,including those in courts were paralysed during the stir with the agitators hurling missiles at judges in court rooms and prevented them from functioning.

Senior counsel Venkatramani told the Bench that the state government had taken a serious view of the violent incidents in the court premises in September 2010 and said the erring advocates were being prosecuted.

At the last hearing too the apex court had castigated the state government for failing to rein in Telangana agitators,indulging in “sheer goondaism and vandalism” in the high court premises during their September 2010 stir for the separate state.

The Bench had directed the state’s police chief and home secretary to file affidavits detailing the preventive measures and subsequent actions taken to curb violence in the high court premises.

It had also asked the Indian Railways to file its reply,detailing the loss suffered by it during the stir.

“What are you doing? You are supporting vandalism. What have you been doing all these times? You should have physically prevented them. It is sheer goondaism in the high court. This seems to be something extra-ordinary.

“What is this? You (advocates) would have even killed that judge. The state is watching like a silent spectator,” the Bench had told state’s counsel Nageshwar Reddy.

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