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Sikri takes suo motu notice; advocates call off strike

The Punjab and Haryana high court chief justice AK Sikri on Thursday took suo motu notice of advocates strike and stayed UT police investigation into the FIR registered against advocates on March 4.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 07, 2013 19:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

High court chief justice AK Sikri takes suo motu notice of advocates strike and stays UT police investigation into the FIR registered against advocates on March 4.

He also directed the high court registrar vigilance, to conduct fact finding inquiry into the case.

Sikri has also issued notices to UT home secretary, IG police, SSP and Punjab and Haryana high court Bar association for filing their reply on next date of hearing, which is March 11.

Meanwhile, high court Bar association has decided to call off their strike from tomorrow morning.

The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday had 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.

Chandigarh police had resorted to water cannons to halt advocates yesterday while they were protesting outside Punjab governor Shivraj Patil's official residence, where they had gone to submit a memorandum.

Case history
On February 26, a group of advocates had thrashed Chandigarh police 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.

First Published: Mar 07, 2013 12:14 IST