Adopting a tough stand against the four advocates who allegedly opened fire at Amritsar bar association (ABA) president Pradeep Saini's house on Saturday night, the association has decided to press for cancellation of their licences.
The four lawyers, Kultar Singh, his son Amarbir, SS Bedi and TS Osahan, were booked under various sections of the IPC, including 307 (attempt to murder), and the Arms Act on a complaint by Saini.
"We demand the arrest of the four advocates as such an act is not expected from the custodians of law," said the ABA chief while addressing the media here on Tuesday, along with other members of the association.
Saini has made it clear that he will be himself lodging a complaint against the four advocates before the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, and seeking cancellation of their practising licences.
The ABA chief had alleged that the four lawyers, along with three-four others, fired towards his house in the Putlighar locality on Saturday night while he was sleeping inside with his family.
Amarbir, along with another advocate, were also booked in another case after they allegedly ransacked the office of the ABA president in the district courts complex on Saturday afternoon.
On the allegations levelled against him by fellow advocate Vipin Dhand that he had himself engineered the firing, Saini said, "Neither I possess a weapon nor any of my family members. This can be verified by the police."
Saini questioned Dhand's association with Kultar Singh, claiming that a couple of years ago, Dhand himself had been critical of Kultar's activities. The ABA chief said he would "open the file" of Kultar to bring "his actual face before the public and reveal the criminal activities he had indulged in over the years".
"My office was ransacked when the Chief Justice of India and the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court were in the city. What can be more shameful," he said.
Conflict over allotment of chambers
Asked about the reasons behind the conflict between lawyers, Saini claimed that basically Kultar Singh and a couple of others were not happy with the allotment of the new lawyers' chambers in the C block of the district courts complex. "But a majority of the lawyers are satisfied with the allotment procedure," he said.
Saini said the booths were allotted on the basis of draw of lots with women advocates being the first to take out the slips. Thereafter, the seniority procedure was followed for the draw, he said.
"I will quit if anyone proves that I obliged anyone in the allotment of chambers. The slips were drawn by the advocates themselves and not by me or any of the office-bearers of the association," Saini said.
Two more members inducted in panel
The four-member committee set up by the Amritsar bar association to resolve the dispute over allotment of the newly built lawyers' chambers in the C block of the district courts complex has been expanded with the inclusion of two more members, Vipin Dhand and Ashok Popal. The other members are Sarbjit Singh Sandhu, Bhagwant Singh Sialka, TS Virk and Ramesh Chaudhary.