Six-seven persons fired gunshots at the house of Amritsar bar association (ABA) president Pradeep Saini in the Putlighar area of the city on Saturday night.
Confirming the incident, police officials said a number of shots were fired towards the house of Saini, who was inside along with his family at the time of the incident. Bullet marks were visible on the main gate of the house when a police party visited it following a telephone call. No one was injured in the firing, which created panic among residents of the locality.
On the statement of the ABA chief, the police have registered a case under section 307 of the IPC (attempt to murder) and other sections of the IPC and the Arms Act. Those who have been named in the FIR are Kultar Singh and his son Amarbir, SS Bedi and TS Osahan, all of them local advocates. The others have been listed as unidentified.
The four accused named in the complaint are absconding. As the case involves advocates, the police will go for a detailed investigation.
Investigations by the police revealed that tension had been brewing in the district courts complex over the last few days over the allotment of the newly built chambers to lawyers. A section of the advocates were unhappy with the allotment procedure and had alleged that Saini had favoured lawyers close to him.
The allotment of chambers had taken place through a draw of lots and a majority of the lawyers were happy with this procedure. Women advocates were the first to take out the slips, followed by senior lawyers and then others.
Saini told HT here on Sunday that earlier in the day (Saturday), Amarbir and some of his colleagues had entered the bar room inside the district courts complex and ransacked his office. He said that on his complaint, Amarbir and his associates were booked at the Civil Lines police station.
"They resorted to firing at my house, probably in retaliation. The incident is unfortunate," said Saini, pointing out that when his office was ransacked, Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir, along with Supreme Court judge justice DK Jain, Punjab and Haryana high court chief justice AK Sikri and three other high court judges, were in the city for the mega lok adalat.
Saini has called a meeting of the bar association on Monday.