Hindustan Times (Delhi)

HC advocates abstain from work, protest attack

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court lawyers on Thursday abstained from work protesting the recent attack on the properties of two senior advocates.

The executive committee of the Delhi High Court Bar Associatio­n (DHCBA) yesterday passed a resolution condemning the January 9 and 22 attack on the properties and cars of senior advocates Vikas Pahwa and Kirti Uppal, who is also the president of DHCBA, by using inflammabl­e substances. The associatio­n said the lawyers are completely refraining from work and only proxy counsel appeared in the courts to take dates in the cases.

“There is a complete ban. No advocate appeared in courts and no evidence was recorded in any case. We are holding a peaceful protest and have removed our bands. The bar is also preparing a writ petition seeking an SIT probe into the incident,” Pahwa, a member of DHCBA executive, said.

Lawyers said many of the judges have also left for their chambers and all the shops in the court complex are also shut following the bar’s call. They said even though FIRS were lodged, the approach of the police “looked lackadaisi­cal and deliberate­ly protractin­g” and it was not giving proper attention to the matter.

Pahwa on Wednesday said these acts were being done to terrorise advocates to refrain from performing their profession­al duties but they will continue with their work.

The lawyers claimed that a similar incident also took place on January 4 when two cars parked in the east Delhi house of advocate Ravi Sharma were torched by unidentifi­ed persons.

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