Etah Advocate assault case: Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh seeks probe by independent agency

The Court directed that a copy of the inquiry report submitted by the CJM, Etah be supplied to the counsel for the State Bar Council, the Allahabad High Court Bar Association, and the Additional Advocate General.
Etah Advocate assault case: Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh seeks probe by independent agency
Visuals of the assault on the lawyer at EtahImage source: Sabrang India

The Allahabad High Court today took on record the reports filed by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Etah and the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh in the case regarding the assault on a lawyer by the Uttar Pradesh Police at Etah.

A Bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saurabh Shyam Shamshery has listed the matter on January 19.

The Bar Council submitted a sealed envelope to the High Court. It has sought for the case to be investigated by some independent agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or Crime Branch of CID.

Additionally, the Council remitted certain documents to the Court including several photographs and a compact disk.

The Bench went on to direct that a copy of the inquiry report submitted by the CJM, Etah be supplied to the counsel appearing on behalf of the State Bar Council, the Allahabad High Court Bar Association, and the Additional Advocate General by tomorrow.

In December last year, the Allahabad High Court had taken suo motu cognizance of the assault on the lawyer by the Uttar Pradesh Police.

The case registered in this regard was then heard by a Bench headed by Chief Justice Mathur.

Accordingly, the High Court had directed the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Etah to conduct an inquiry into the incident of assault and to submit a report regarding the same.

It was further directed that the accused be kept in custody till the next date of hearing.

Last month, the UP Police had broken down the door of Advocate Rajendra Sharma's house in Etah, dragged him out, and assaulted him. The video of the assault had gone viral on social media, leading to widespread condemnation of the incident.

The Bar Council of India (BCI) wrote to Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Allahabad High Court Chief Justice Mathur requesting them to take immediate steps against the police personnel who assaulted the lawyer.

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 condemning the police action against the lawyer.

[Read the Order here]

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