[BREAKING] Allahabad High Court orders inquiry by Etah Chief Judicial Magistrate into assault on lawyer
Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh

[BREAKING] Allahabad High Court orders inquiry by Etah Chief Judicial Magistrate into assault on lawyer

BCI had written to the CJI SA Bobde and the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, Justice Govind Mathur, requesting them to take immediate steps against the police personnel who assaulted the lawyer

The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday directed the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Etah to conduct an inquiry into the incident of assault of a lawyer by Uttar Pradesh police and to submit a report regarding the same.

 Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh
[BREAKING] Allahabad High Court takes suo motu cognizance of police assault on lawyer at Etah

The order was passed by a Division Bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh which had taken suo motu cognizance of the incident and conducted a physical hearing today to take up the matter.

We deem it appropriate to have a complete report of the incident through Chief Judicial Magistrate, Etah. The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Etah is directed to make a necessary inquiry by availing all relevant facts including audio visual electronic documents and submit to this Court on or before next date of listing. The District Magistrate, Etah as well as Senior Superintendent of Police, Etah are directed to co-operate the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Etah and they shall supply all relevant facts and documents as desired by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Etah to furnish report of the incident to this Court.

Reads Court order

The High Court also directed that the accused should be in custody till next date of hearing which is January 8, 2021.

The Uttar Pradesh Police had broken the door of advocate Rajendra Sharma's house in Etah and dragged him out in his advocate's dress and assaulted him. The video of the incident had gone viral on social media leading widespread condemnation.

Earlier, the Bar Council of India had written to the Chief Justice of India, Justice SA Bobde and the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, Justice Govind Mathur, requesting them to take immediate steps against the police personnel who assaulted the lawyer.

The BCI in its letter had pointed out that a video of the incident had gone viral and the concerns were raised by the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council in this regard. However, they were not even considered by the Yogi Adityanath government in the State, it was claimed.

Alleging that the police personnel were acting with some "ulterior motive", BCI had cautioned that if such incidents of brutality are ignored by the judiciary and the government, the "Bar will have no option except to come on roads".

The Supreme Court Bar Association had also released a statement on Monday condemning the police action against the lawyer.

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