The controversial order of a Punjab and Haryana High Court judge in having a lawyer arrested and sent to a mental asylum in Agra led to angry protests by advocates on Tuesday, even as the lawyer in question was released.
The advocates boycotted the judge and demanded his impeachment for alleged anti-judicial activities.
Justice Uma Nath Singh had on Monday ordered the arrest of Tahar Singh and directed the CBI to take him to the asylum, when he had suo motu taken up an FIR registered by the lawyer’s wife regarding her marital dispute. Tahar Singh was turned back halfway to Agra, brought back to Chandigarh and released after a division bench in a late night sitting stayed Justice Singh’s order.
The members of the Bar association, at a general house meeting, passed a resolution deciding to boycott Justice Singh’s court permanently. They also decided to give a representation to Chief Justice Vijender Jain for withdrawal of work from the judge. They demanded that he be transferred from the high court and proposed that impeachment proceedings be initiated against him.
The secretary of the Bar, OS Batalwi, read out the contents of the order passed by Justice Singh, directing the CBI to take Tahar Singh into custody and send him to Agra. This evoked strong reactions among members.
Later, the members gathered outside Justice Singh’s courtroom and shouted slogans against him. They said the protest and boycott would continue till their demands were met.
Meanwhile, the high court came down heavily on the Bar association for raking up the issue in other fora despite the matter being subjudice.