The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday unanimously decided that advocates would abstain from work in all courts throughout Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on Thursday and Friday in support of their demand for cancellation of the FIR registered against high court advocates by the Chandigarh police on Monday.
The council claims to have around 70,000 members across both states and UT Chandigarh.
The decision was taken at an emergent meeting on the council premises in Sector 37 here. All members condemned the Chandigarh police's action of attacking advocates with water cannons outside Punjab governor Shivraj Patil's official residence, where they had gone to submit a memorandum.
The council members authorised chairman Minderjeet Yadav to take follow-up action in case no consensus arrived between the parties till March 8.
On February 26, a group of advocates had thrashed head constable Ramesh Chand, who was on duty at gate No 1 in the high court complex around 10:30am. It was alleged that the cop had slapped advocate Rupinder Singh Khosla after the latter abused him when he was entering through the gate.
The Chandigarh police had suspended the head constable, who had received multiple injuries, on the same day and ordered an inquiry into the incident by Indian Reserve Battalion Commandant Arun Kampani.
It was after Kampani's report on Monday that an FIR was registered against Khosla and other advocates under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for rioting, obstructing a public servant in the discharge of public functions, assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty, and causing damage to public property.
The high court Bar association had decided on Tuesday to proceed on an indefinite strike till the FIR was quashed by the police or the high court took suo motu notice and quashed the FIR.