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Pro, anti-SDM demos

LAWYERS AND gazetted officers on Monday staged demonstrations against each other in connection with the death of septuagenarian lawyer S R Navaal.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2007 14:23 IST

LAWYERS AND gazetted officers on Monday staged demonstrations against each other in connection with the death of septuagenarian lawyer S R Navaal.

About 200 lawyers led by Indore District Bar Association president Amolak Singh submitted a memorandum to Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das demanding judicial inquiry into the death of their septuagenarian colleague S R Navaal. After receiving the memorandum, Divisional Commissioner assured them he would forward it to the government.

The memorandum charged District Collector Vivek Aggarwal with backing out on the promise he gave lawyers that he would withdraw powers of SDM from Vivek Shrotriya till he completed the magisterial inquiry. “But instead he has asked Shrotriya to go on training to Bhopal. There are reports that the Collector will also leave for foreign tour soon.

In such circumstances, an impartial magisterial inquiry cannot be held. So we demand judicial inquiry by a retired High Court judge into the matter,” Association secretary Arvind Yadav said while reading the memorandum.

On the other hand, MP Rajpatrit Adhikari Sangh members also staged a demonstration at the Collectorate and submitted a memorandum to District Collector in support of SDM Vivek Shrotriya. Their memorandum condemned the unruly behaviour of lawyers with Collectorate staffers and said this has had a demoralising effect on them. “Associating demise of Mr Navaal with the incident that took place at the facilitation centre is an attempt to malign our image. There is no connection between the two,” the memorandum added.

Navaal had died on Saturday afternoon after an altercation took place between lawyers and Shrotriya at the Collectorate’s facilitation centre. The District Collector is conducting a magisterial inquiry into the incident while Raoji Bazaar police have registered a case of death on the complaint filed by lawyers.