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Plea in Delhi High Court seeks safety measures for legal fraternity attached with District Courts in Delhi

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New Delhi Sept 25(ILNS): The Delhi High Court to hear a plea filed in the wake of the shocking and gory shootout inside the Rohini Court Complex recently. Filed by one Deepa Joseph, through Advocates Robin Raju and Blessan Mathews, the plea prays for a direction to the Police Commissioner of Delhi as well as to the Bar Council of Delhi to take requisite measures to ensure safety and security of the District Courts in Delhi.

The plea avers that- “That the incident that has happened on Friday, at Rohini Court, was truly well planned. The assailants posed as lawyers and were present inside the courtroom before the dreaded gangster was produced before the Court. The ease with which the assailants entered into the court premises in the attire shows that they were well aware that it is easy to get access into the court by being in a lawyers attire.”

Alleging that the incident is not the first of its kind and that similar incidents have happened repeatedly over the recent past in various District Courts across the national capital, the plea suggests certain directions that could be passed to ensure the security of District Courts, which inter-alia includes strict instructions to all the police personnel deployed at court entrances to ensure that they check the ID Cards of each and every lawyer who enters the court premises; as also to make the level of security and frisking of lawyers at par with the Delhi High Court and the Apex Court, and to ponder over the decision on the installation of biometric punching device outside the entrance gates of all the Courts.

The plea further suggests that strict disciplinary action has been taken against those officers who do not implement the aforesaid direction with utmost diligence and seriousness. Keeping in view Article 21 of the Constitution, which secures the right to life to all citizens, the plea suggests that the BCD should issue an advisory to all Delhi District Bar Associations to ask members of their Bars to cooperate with police personnel at the main entrance of courts.

In light of the above, the plea seeks implementation of the suggestions put forth by the petitioner. The plea reads thus: “Recurrent incidents of shootouts in court premises is causing serious fear in the minds of Petitioner and thousands of other fellow legal professionals practicing in District courts of Delhi.”

On the afternoon of September 24, wanted gangster Jitender alias Gogi, was shot inside Rohini Court by attackers who entered in the guise of lawyers. The incident happened in the Rohini Courtroom when Gogi was presented before the judge. The Delhi Police Special Cell killed the two attackers, who are believed to be from the rival Tillu Tajpuria gang. Around 35-40 rounds were fired in the ensuing shootout, which left three people dead and one woman lawyer injured.

Following the incident, CJI N.V Ramana expressed deep concern at what had happened in Rohini Court Complex and advised the Delhi High Court Chief Justice to talk to both police and Bar to ensure that the functioning of the court is not affected. It may be recalled that the matter of safety and security of Court Complexes and judicial personnel is already under the consideration by the Apex Court./ILNS/BG/KR/SNG

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