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Act against SDM, demand lawyers

THE DISTRICT court lawyers have demand judicial inquiry by a retired High Court judge into the circumstances leading to death of lawyer S R Navaal on Saturday.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2007 16:04 IST

Death of colleague after scuffle at Collectorate
THE DISTRICT court lawyers have demand judicial inquiry by a retired High Court judge into the circumstances leading to death of lawyer S R Navaal on Saturday.

They have also demanded suspension of SDM Vivek Shrotriya, holding him responsible for the death of their septuagenarian colleague. These decisions were taken at the meeting held at the Collectorate on Sunday. Indore Collectorate Abhibhashak Vyavastha Samiti president Mahesh Jaiswal then handed over a letter of their demands to Indore District Bar Association president Amolak Singh.

Navaal died on his way to Choithram Hospital on Saturday afternoon allegedly after an altercation between SDM Vivek Shrotriya and Collectorate lawyers, which included the deceased, at the facilitation centre.

The Association will hold a meeting of its executive committee at district court on Monday to decide future course of action.

 “Everything will be decided tomorrow. If members decide to have a judicial inquiry, then we will submit memorandum to Divisional Commissioner because the State Government alone can order such an inquiry,” Association president Amolak Singh told Hindustan Times.

The meeting is likely to be stormy as lawyers are split over the issue. One section of lawyers has held Shrotriya directly responsible for the lawyer’s demise.

Others are of the view that the deceased was well into his sixties and had had a heart attack after gap of about 15 to 25 minutes of the incident. Moreover, he did not die at the Collectorate facilitation centre, where the altercation took place. While the controversy rages over the issue, District Collector Vivek Aggarwal has asked Shrotriya to leave for a week’s training on criminal procedure code in Bhopal. Shrotriya, who has said that he received news of Navaal’s demise one hour after he left the facilitation centre, is expected to attend the training from Monday.

Meanwhile, a team of four doctors led by Dr Sanjay Dadu performed post-mortem at M Y Hospital on Sunday morning before handing over the body to Navaal’s family for last rites. The post-mortem report was sent to the police late evening.