NEW DELHI(PTI): The Bar Council of India has decided to crack the whip on the…
DELHI: The lawyers’ body in Delhi district courts virtually came in defence of the attackers in black robes in the Patiala House courts, including Vikram Singh Chauhan who was garlanded in Karkardooma courts, to whose bar he belongs. Claiming that certain “outsiders” in lawyers’ robes indulged in violence, the Coordination Committee of all District Court Bar Associations demanded a “fair” inquiry into the incidents.
Condemning the violence, Advocate R K Wadhwa, chairman of the committee, said in a press release they would request the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court to ensure that entry to the court premises should be monitored and security of judicial officers, lawyers and litigants be given “prime importance”.
Vikrant Chauhan was adamant in the face of criticism and was quoted saying by ANI: Before being a lawyer, I am an Indian citizen. We won’t tolerate nuisance like slogans of “Pak Zindabad”.He was also quoted saying by NDTV: “Lawyers are also Indian citizens, how can anyone allow anti-India slogans or pro-Pakistan slogans being raised in India?” Mr Chauhan said, claiming the advent of “a movement (that) has found resonance amongst lawyers across the country”.
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“We had only objected to anti-India slogans being raised,” he told NDTV , denying that he was a participant in yesterday’s rioting which included pieces of a flower pot and stones being thrown at senior lawyers rushed over by the Supreme Court to take stock of the chaos at the lower court. “We didn’t heckle them, I don’t know who did,” he said and added that “there were some people dressed as lawyers against who we have complained.”
“We condemn the manner in which protestors/demonstrators were allowed to enter the Patiala House court complex.
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Meanwhile in Karkardooma courts, lawyers held a candle light march for national integrity and against “victimisation” of lawyers. Chauhan, who has been bragging on social media about how the lawyers had taught “anti-nationals” a lesson in Patiala House complex, was garlanded.
However, Advocate Mahesh Sharma, President of Shahdara Bar Association, rejected media reports in this regard.
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“Advocates are being shown in bad light. They are termed as goons and criminals. It is wrong,” Sharma said. Chauhan, who was caught on camera assaulting journalists and others in the court premises, was one of the three lawyers summoned by the delhi police in connection with the February 15 attack. The three lawyers, however, did not appear before the police. The coordination committee also said they would stage a protest march at India gate tomorrow against the alleged anti -national activities at the JNU complex.
Bar Council promises action
The Bar Council of India has decided to crack the whip on the group of unruly lawyers who indulged in violence at the Patiala House Court complex here, saying the licences of those found guilty will be suspended for life.
Apologising for the violence in the court premises on Wednesday which had occurred for a second time in a row ahead of the hearing of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar’s sedition case, BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said names of the bar members, if found guilty of indulging in this violence, will be removed from the roll.