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Drinking in Saket court chambers may lead to eviction of lawyers

Saket Bar Association secretary Dhir Singh Kasana said, “Whiskey has been banned in the complex and any person found guilty of possessing alcohol will be asked to vacate the chamber.”

delhi Updated: Jul 30, 2018 09:49 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The move comes days after a woman lawyer alleged that a senior advocate raped her in his chamber.(Representational picture)

Lawyers will lose their chambers in New Delhi’s Saket District Court Complex if anyone is found consuming liquor there. The Saket Court Lawyers’ Chambers Allotment Committee has said alcohol consumption would be treated as a violation of the terms and conditions of chamber allotment.

The move comes days after a woman lawyer alleged that a senior advocate had raped her in his chamber in Saket on July 14.

The committee said it will conduct surprise inspections to check alcohol consumption in the chambers. It has been suggested to the Saket Bar Association (SBA) office bearers to sensitize advocates to avoid the presence of female lawyers, clients and staff after 6 pm.

“After the incident, a meeting was convened with the district judge. It was resolved that all persons entering the chamber complex will be properly checked and their details would be recorded. Besides, we are also going to conduct surprise checks at the chambers,’’ Saket Bar Association secretary Dhir Singh Kasana said. “Whiskey has been banned in the complex and any person found guilty of possessing alcohol will be asked to vacate the chamber.”

Kasana added more CCTVs were being installed in the complex. “As for the lawyer accused of committing the crime, we will give him a notice to cancel his membership once he comes out of jail.”

District and sessions judge (south) Asha Menon heads the allotment committee. Memon’s south-east counterpart, Girish Kathpalia, is its co-chairperson.

The New Delhi Bar Association (NDBA), which represents Patiala House district court lawyers, decided to form an anti-sexual harassment committee comprising three women and two male members to look into such complaints after the alleged rape came to light. “Besides, it has also been resolved that all courts should be vacated after 8.30 pm and no one, including the vendors, would be allowed to remain on the court premises,” said NDBA president Santosh Mishra.

The NDBA has also issued a circular to its members saying a prior permission from the district and sessions judge’s office will be required to stay beyond 8.30 pm in the court complex.

First Published: Jul 30, 2018 09:47 IST