Expressing concern over the recent attack on three judges, acting chief justice of the Delhi High Court AK Sikri has assured all judicial officers of their personal safety and a fearless environment to dispense justice.
“I am pained to know about the recent incidents of attack on judicial officers. Some of them have been reported in the press and few others have gone unreported,” Justice Sikri said in a letter to the district court judges.
On May 18, Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Garg and two additional sessions judges Inderjit Singh and MK Nagpal were attacked on their way back from the court. While Garg suffered head injuries, Singh and Nagpal escaped unhurt.
Four persons have been arrested and charged with attempt to murder in this regard.
“Without referring to any particular incident and without going into the reasons or provocations, if any, caused by any person or circumstance, I must convey my empathy to all judicial officers who have suffered the attack,” said Justice Sikri.
He said as “the head of judicial family in Delhi,” and the supervising and controlling authority, “I am very much concerned about the safety and security of the judicial officers.”
“I and my colleagues have taken a serious view of these incidents. A judicial officer requires a fearless and independent mind to do justice and any apprehension in their mind about safety will hamper their capabilities to judge fearlessly and impartially,” he said.