Bar body urges HC CJ to intervene to save lawyers from false cases
CHANDIGARH: Taking serious note of the complaint received from two advocates regarding harassment by SAS Nagar police, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association has requested the chief justice to intervene in the matter to save association members from false implication in criminal cases.
Advocates Shelly Sharma and Gurmeet Singh had filed a written complaint to the bar association that SAS Nagar police officials had threatened them of implicating them in criminal cases, if they did not stop appearing on behalf of Neena Sharma, who had been facing criminal cases registered against her at Mattaur police station and various other police stations across Punjab.
In their complaint, the advocates mentioned names of deputy superintendent of police Rajinder Singh Sohal and inspector Dharampal, station house officer of Mattaur police station, who had been pressing them and their client hard for withdrawal of cases or to face consequences.
Condemning police action, the bar association has written to the chief justice that merely because the advocates had discharged their duty as counsels, attempt to implicate them in criminal cases was dangerous and a threat to the judicial system. Therefore, intervention to ensure security to advocates had become imminent.
The bar association has also written to the Punjab chief minister and director general of police.