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Kin of Sippy Sidhu protest at justice Sabina’s farewell

The Punjab and Haryana high court Bar Association (PHHCBA) on Thursday evening held a farewell function for justice Sabina. The friends and family members of murdered lawyer, Sukhmanpreet Singh Sidhu also known as ‘Sippy’, held a protest outside the high court premises.

punjab Updated: Apr 09, 2016 18:49 IST
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Family members of Sippy Sidhu holding a protest outside Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Family members of Sippy Sidhu holding a protest outside Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh on Thursday. (Gurminder Singh/HT)

The Punjab and Haryana high court Bar Association (PHHCBA) on Thursday evening held a farewell function for justice Sabina. The friends and family members of murdered lawyer, Sukhmanpreet Singh Sidhu also known as ‘Sippy’, held a protest outside the high court premises.

The function which was attended by high court judges, including acting chief justice, SJ Vazifdar and lawyers was held at the Bar room.

Sippy was shot dead at a Sector 27 park on September 20 last year. Over a dozen protesters carrying play cards gathered outside gate number 1 of the high court and marched towards the gate number 3, where the function was being held. The protest continued for around 30 minutes in which they condemned the Bar for holding a farewell function in honour of justice Sabina.

“We demand that judge’s daughter should not be allowed to leave Chandigarh,” Jippy Sidhu, brother of murdered lawyer told reporters.

Meanwhile, the Bar association has condemned the protest carried out by the family and termed it a “security lapse”.

“We condemn the protest. It was an unlawful act to obstruct the function,” secretary, PHHCBA, Sumit Jain said adding that the Bar would write to acting chief justice and the city administrator as it was a security lapse and the protesters had tried to lower the prestige of the Bar.

Justice Sabina has been transferred to Rajasthan high court. Speaking during the function, justice Sabina thanked the Bar for all the support and love she got at the high court. Her transfer comes months after her daughter was questioned by the UT police in the lawyer’s murder case. The victim was purportedly a friend of the judge’s daughter, who was summoned and questioned twice by the police. The UT administration had on January 22 recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the case.