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Posted at: Nov 9, 2019, 7:17 AM; last updated: Nov 9, 2019, 7:17 AM (IST)

Nobody claps with one hand, says SC on Tis Hazari violence

Sometimes silence is good, there were problems from both sides: Bench
Nobody claps with one hand, says SC on Tis Hazari violence
Lawyers during a protest against the police over the Tis Hazari court clashes, at the Rohini Court Complex in Delhi. Tribune Photo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 8

As the face-off between lawyers and Delhi Police personnel continues in Delhi, the Supreme Court on Friday expressed displeasure over the conduct of both sides.

“There were problems from both sides. Nobody can clap with one hand. We should not speak much on the issue,” a Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said after Bar Council of India Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said the situation at the Tis Hazari court complex in the capital aggravated because of high-handedness of the police and excessive use of force against lawyers.

The Bench – which also included Justice KM Joseph – said strike by lawyers to protest against the last week’s clashes was not the solution to deal with it.

“Sometimes our silence is good enough. It is better if we don’t say anything,” it said, refusing to say anything further.

A parking dispute between a cop and a lawyer had triggered clashes between the two sides at the Tis Hazari court last Saturday. More than 20 policemen and many advocates were reported injured.

Lawyers in all six district courts in Delhi have stayed away from work ever since to protest against the clash. Delhi Police personnel too had organised a protest at the Delhi Police Headquarters in the capital demanding action against lawyers who beat up their colleagues.

The Bench disapproved of lawyers’ strikes which affected judicial work in the high court and trial courts, saying there were even weird reasons like temperature touching 45 degrees Celsius when advocates abstain from work.

As the Bench said the strike by the lawyers was not the solution to deal with such instances and there were other legal remedies available, the BCI assured that the situation in the Delhi district courts would return to normalcy in a day or two.

The Bench —seized of case on lawyers’ strike in the Orissa High Court and trial courts over appointment of judges — had sought assistance of Attorney General KK Venugopal, BCI, High Court Bar Association and the Bar Council of Odisha in the matter. 

Lawyers threaten countrywide stir 

New Delhi: The Bar Council of India on Friday said it has "put on hold" the lawyers' strike in district courts here for 10 days but threatened a nationwide stir if no action is taken against the cops who “fired at advocates” during last week's clash. "If the concerned cop is not arrested within 10 days, the issue will be taken on all India basis," Bar Council of India chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said in a statement. PTI

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