Shocked senior bar members condemned the bomb blast outside the Delhi high court. They said a coordinated effort by the bar and the bench would be made to strengthen security even outside court premises.
“We are looking at long-term measures and intend to provide additional security in the area, both in terms of armed and unarmed people. Entry of litigants into the lawyers' chambers would also be regulated,” said Amarjit Singh Chandiok, president of Delhi High Court Bar Association.
Chandiok said the effort would be to decongest the entrance points at the high court. For that, the bar association is also contemplating to earmark one of the nine entrance gates for those who want to visit lawyers.
Parking arrangement for litigants at India Gate or Bhairon Singh Marg would be planned. “We may start a shuttle service from India Gate,” Chandiok added.
The bar association also intends to send an advisory on the issue of passes. Supreme Court Bar Association president PH Parekh has called for enhancing security outside court premises.
There is poor security in six trial courts such as Tis Hazari and Patiala House court complexes. “We are a sitting duck,” a metropolitan magistrate working at Patiala House Courts. According to court staff, policemen at the entrance gates do not bother to check the litigants and their belongings. “Trial courts would be next to face terrorist attacks,” said Karan Singh, ex-secretary Delhi HC Bar Association.
CJI visits HC
Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia reviewed security arrangements at the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court in the wake of the blast that left 11 dead and 64 injured.
Justice Kapadia visited the blast site and held a meeting with Delhi High Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra. Justice Kapadia expressed concern over the fact that the Wednesday blast was the second incident in the last three months.