NEs assaulted in district court: HC issues contempt notice
THE Delhi High Court today issued show cause notices to two lawyers asking them why criminal contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for allegedly abusing and manhandling persons from the Northeast, including a woman advocate, inside a district court premises here.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw said prima facie criminal contempt is made out against the two lawyers and others who had allegedly abused and manhandled the persons from Northeastern India.
"Having regard to the facts and circumstances, this court is prima facie satisfied that the alleged acts against the respondents (two lawyers) are of such nature prejudicing and interfering with the due course of judicial proceeding and administration of justice.
"Therefore, issue notice to the respondents herein, returnable by August 11, 2014, to show cause as to why charges should not be framed for initiation of proceedings for criminal contempt as provided under the Contempt of Courts Act," the bench said.
The court also sought a status report from Delhi government on the steps taken by them after registration of FIR against the two lawyers, Azad Chandra Prakash Gautam and Varun Kumar Jain.
It also sought a comprehensive and detailed report about the incident which had occurred on May 23, 2014 at Tis Hazari court premises.
The court also sought a report from the Tis Hazari court about the present status of the proceedings in a molestation case which had led to the incident of May 23.
The order was passed by the court after perusing the affidavits filed by the victims of the assault and another lawyer who was representing the victim in the molestation case.
The affidavits were filed after the court had yesterday asked the petitioners to make specific allegations against the two accused lawyers.
In their respective affidavits, the petitioners and the lawyer of the molestation victim have laid out the chain of events that led to the incident of May 23 when they were assaulted inside the court premises by a group of advocates including the two contemnors.
Appearing for the peti- tioners, senior advocate Indira Jaising termed as "disturbing" the "repeated instances of assault against the people from Northeast".
Delhi Police, meanwhile, told the court that an FIR has been lodged against the two lawyers and they are looking as to who were the others involved in the incident.
The agency said it will file a status report giving details of the probe conducted so far as well as any other steps taken by them.
The contempt petition has already received the consent of Official Standing Counsel Saleem Ahmed whose permission was sought prior to filing of the plea.
A group of Kanwariyas in Faridabad on Thursday