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Lawyers Strike Continues for Third Day, Gates of Patiala and Saket District Courts Closed to Litigants

Lawyers Strike Continues for Third Day, Gates of Patiala and Saket District Courts Closed to Litigants

The lawyers closed the main gates at Patiala House and Saket district courts and did not let litigants access the court premises, citing security reasons.

New Delhi: Lawyers in all the six district courts here abstained from work for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, protesting against the clash between advocates and the police at the Tis Hazari Courts Complex on November 2, and denied access to litigants in some courts.

The lawyers closed the main gates at Patiala House and Saket district courts and did not let litigants access the court premises, citing security reasons.

During the protest at Rohini district court, one lawyer took off his clothes and poured kerosene on his body threatening to immolate himself, while another advocate climbed atop a building in the premises.

Police said they did not receive any PCR call in connection with the two incidents at the Rohini court.

Delhi Bar associations' members said litigants are not allowed in due to security reasons.

"There are no police officials inside. Who will do the security check of the litigants. There may be some criminals among them too," said advocate Dhir Singh Kasana, general secretary of the coordination committee of all district courts bar associations in Delhi.

"We are a big family here consisting of more than 10,000 members. There have been no assurance from anyone for the welfare of the injured lawyers and our security," said Kasana, who is also protesting at the gate of Saket district court complex.

Jaiveer Singh Chauhan, secretary of Delhi Bar Association of Tis Hazari court said, "Litigants have been allowed inside premises. We are protesting peacefully. They have been allowed inside court rooms too."

One of the protesting lawyers said on the condition of anonymity that they will not resume work till the time the policemen, who had allegedly fired and lathi charged at advocates are not arrested.

Police protests were triggered by two attacks on their colleagues, one on Monday outside Saket District Court and another on Saturday at the Tis Hazari Courts Complex after a parking dispute between an on-duty policeman and a lawyer which led to at least 20 security personnel and several advocates being injured.

Two FIRs were registered against unidentified persons, who were seen in a video hitting a uniformed policeman on a motorcycle with his elbow and slapping him outside the Saket court.

Strikes to Continue on Thursday

The lawyers of district courts in Delhi have decided to abstain from work for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday. "Boycott will continue till justice is met. We want the culprits to be arrested. Litigants will have access to court. They will be welcomed tomorrow too. We have decided to make arrangements for tea and and water for them," said Jaiveer Singh Chauhan.

He said that as no police personnel were present inside the Tis Hazari court premises, members of the bar were looking after the security there. "We have not stopped the police from entering the premises, they themselves chose not to stay inside. The bar took care of the security here. Lawyers did the security checks of the litigants who entered the court's premises," Chauhan said.

Dhir Singh Kasana said the boycott will continue till their demand for arrest of the alleged guilty assistant sub-inspector is fulfilled and that lawyers have been appealed to carry out peaceful protests on Thursday.

"Strike will continue. There will be peaceful protests tomorrow. Litigants will be allowed inside. They were not allowed in Saket court today as no police personnel were deployed here. There were security concerns. We will have to find a way. Lawyers will be doing the security checks tomorrow from 10 am to 4 pm if there are no police," Kasana, who is also the secretary of Saket Bar Association, said.