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The Bar council of India (BCI) has called on lawyers in Delhi to maintain peace and order and to resume their court work from tomorrow onwards. In this regard, a release issued by the BCI on Monday makes an appeal for the advocates to discontinue their strike over the recent violent clashes between advocates and the Delhi Police at the Tis Hazari court complex.
The appeal has been made in view of the satisfactory order passed by the Delhi High Court over the incident, the press release highlights. The press release notes,
“As per the demand of all the Bar Associations, a Judicial Enquiry has already been ordered by the High Court and the inquiry has to be positively concluded within a period of sox weeks. We should not forget that six weeks time is not very ling, rather for a judicial enquiry, it is quite short. (As in our case, it will include investigation by the CBI, IB, Vigilance have been asked to assist the Hon’ble Enquiry Judge).“
The BCI has also expressed concern that there are attempts being made to tarnish the image of the Bar through videos being circulated on TV and through social media. In this regard, the BCI has urged lawyers to monitor such content to ensure that opponents do not take undue advantage of the same. To this end, lawyers have also been warned to keep away from being part of “any unruly mob.”
“We know that all these are being made in order to malign the image of the Bar. Overwhelming majority of members of the Bar are peace loving and law abiding citizens.”
In view of these concerns, the BCI requested the members of the Bar to act responsibly and to refrain from resorting to any action that would ultimately result in tarnishing the image and goodwill of the Bar. It has been noted further that such action could lead to losing the sympathy of the Courts and the common people. The
“We are responsible citizens of the country and we are supposed to command the respect of the society, therefore we have to act with all responsibility and maintain the dignity and decorum of the institution,” the release adds.
The lawyers’ protests in Delhi was sparked off by violence emanating from a scuffle that had broken out between lawyers and police personnel at Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court Complex on Saturday 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.
[Read the Press Release here]