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Following a joint meeting held on Friday evening, with the participation of members of the Bar Council of India (BCI), the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) and the Coordination Committee of District Court Bar Associations of Delhi, a resolution has been passed to halt the ongoing lawyers’ strike sparked off by the recent Tis Hazari incident.
The resolution, signed off by the Chairmen of the BCI, the BCD, and the Coordination Committee of District Court Bar Associations in Delhi as well as its Secretary General, states,
“It is … resolved to suspend the ongoing agitation/abstinence/strike for further time being.”
This apart, it has also been resolved to constitute a committee consisting of members of of District Court Bar Associations of Delhi, the BCD and the BCI. The representatives part of this committee would include the President and Secretaries of all Bar Associations of Delhi and a member nominated from the BCI and the BCD by the chairmen.
These developments come in the wake of the Delhi High Court’s recent suggestion that responsible members of the Bar and the Police conduct a Joint Meeting to enable the two to sort out their differences amicably.
A scuffle had broken out between lawyers and police personnel at Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court Complex on November 2 after an argument between a lawyer and the police over parking. The altercation soon escalated and resulted in serious violence in the Court Complex which included a lawyer getting shot.
The Court soon took suo-motu cognizance of the matter and ordered a judicial inquiry headed by Justice (retd.) SP Garg into the Tis Hazari violence. While doing so, it also granted protection from coercive action against the lawyers in connection with the FIRs registered against them by Delhi Police. However, the following days also so tensions rising between groups of lawyers and the police.
As lawyers across the district courts in the city have been abstaining from work since November 4, incidents of Delhi Police personnel, as well as litigants, being manhandled by them were reported from Saket and Karkardooma Court. Hundreds of Delhi Police personnel also took to the streets to register their protest.
[Read the Resolution]