The Punjab and Haryana high court lawyers held a meeting on Wednesday afternoon and decided to resume work from Thursday.
They had suspended work on Tuesday afternoon after a brawl between advocates and a Chandigarh police head constable. The lawyers had thrashed the head constable, Ramesh Chand, who was on duty at gate number 1 in the high court complex around 10:30am.
The policeman had allegedly slapped advocate Rupinder Singh Khosla after the latter reportedly misbehaved with the head constable.
A meeting of high court bar association general house meeting was convened at 9:30am on Wednesday, in which members decided to continue with the suspension of legal work. Though high court judges conducted the judicial proceedings and government counsels appeared before the courts in some cases, the courts adjourned most cases as lawyers did not appear.
The bar association sent mobile messages to its members, saying that “Names of some members appearing in the courts have been received in HCBA office. As per the decision dated September 15, 2009, of the general house, a fine of Rs. 25,000 will be imposed on members who defy the decision of the general house by appearing in courts.”
This despite Tuesday's decision taken in a meeting led by chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and attended by bar association members to constitute a committee headed by justice TPS Mann to look into the security system at the high court complex.
Even head constable Ramesh Chand was put under suspension and departmental inquiry marked to deputy superintendent of police Deepak Sharan on Tuesday itself; and Arun Kampani, commandant of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) was appointed to probe into the vandalism allegedly resorted to by the advocates.
However, another meeting of the bar association general house was convened at 1pm, whereby it was decided to resume work from Thursday morning and to take up the matter pertaining to security at the high court with a HC committee headed by justice TPS Mann.
Many senior lawyers were of the view that the suspension of work was uncalled for, which had harassed the clients since courts had fixed next dates of hearings in some cases over a long period.
During the meeting, most advocates were of the view that they were against the electronic security system installed at the entrance points, which was purchased in 2010. Advocates desirous of entering the high court premises have to pass through the security system by punching their magnetic security cards, which as per the bar members was time-consuming affair and led to long queues, especially in morning hours.
Cop admitted to PGI
Injured head constable Ramesh Chand was on Wednesday admitted to the advanced cardiac centre at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). However, his condition was stated to be stable by hospital authorities.