BhimaKoregaon: “When a lawyer is arrested, we know how to treat him”, ASG Tushar Mehta
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BhimaKoregaon: “When a lawyer is arrested, we know how to treat him”, ASG Tushar Mehta

Murali Krishnan

The hearing in Supreme Court today in the petition relating to arrests of activists and lawyers for Bhima Koregaon riots was brief but eventful.

Appearing before the Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the intervenors in the case already have their petitions pending in respective High Courts.

“Their cases are being examined in respective jurisdictional courts. When a lawyer is arrested, we know how to treat him”, submitted Mehta.

Senior Advocate Anand Grover appearing for arrested advocate Surendra Gadling immediately retorted:

“No you don’t, you don’t know. You have treated him like a third-rate criminal.”

The Court, however, adjourned the case for September 17 to enable parties to file additional documents and the interim order relating to house arrest will continue.

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