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India: Empty courtrooms, mass adjournments at Kerala High Court as lawyers protest police violence against Kollam advocate

20/09/22

This is the first time in the recent past that courtrooms have been completely deserted which is perhaps an indication that this protest is unlikely to die down without resolution.

Courtrooms at the Kerala High Court wore a deserted look on Tuesday, barring a few judges and court officers, as lawyers practicing before the High Court and the District Courts in Ernakulam abstained from work in solidarity with the ongoing protests by the Kollam Bar Association.

The Kollam Bar has been protesting the manhandling of a lawyer by police personnel.

A notice issued by the Kerala High Court Advocates’ Association early this morning stated that since the government has not yet taken any evident action against erring police officials, members of the KHCAA will be boycotting work today.

The issue concerns advocate P Jayakumar, a member of the Kollam Bar Association who was allegedly subjected to violence in police custody when he was detained in connection with a road accident.

The incident had led to a protest by some lawyers in the premises of the District Court at Kollam, which then ended up in a violent clash between lawyers and police officers on September 13.

The members of the Kollam Bar Association have since been boycotting work and demanding that action be taken against the erring police personnel.

The protest gained momentum over the past week with lawyers of the High Court also joining in abstaining from work.

The KHCAA had, in 2021 also, engaged in similar protests, against police summons issued to Senior Advocate B Raman Pillai, implementation of e-filing, among others.

https://www.barandbench.com/news/empty-courtrooms-mass-adjournments-at-kerala-high-court-as-lawyers-protest-police-violence-against-kollam-advocate

https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/advocates-at-kerala-high-court-boycotts-court-work-in-protest-against-police-atrocity-in-solidarity-with-kollam-bar-association-209743

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/kollam-bar-association-lawyers-continue-boycott-week-after-clash-police-168055

https://india.postsen.com/trends/248352/Lawyers-will-boycott-High-Court-today-Lawyers-will-boycott-High-Court-today.html

https://www.verdictum.in/news/kerala-high-court-advocates-association-boycott-1439545

India/Kashmir: Lawyer’s body found hanging from tree in Budgam

12/09/22

An advocate was found hanging from a tree in Arath area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Monday morning.

“Today morning dead body of one person namely Tariq Ahmad Mir s/o Abdul Gani Mir R/o Wadwan Budgam (age about 40 yrs ) was found hanging in the orchards of village Arath Budgam by locals. A Police team headed by SHO PS Budgam and Chowki officer Soibug alongwith with FSL team visited the spot immediately. The place of occurrence was examined and dead body was taken into custody for post mortem and other legal formalities. Proceedings under section 174 CrPC have been initiated by Police, ” a police spokesman said.

Locals found Advocate Tariq Ahmad, son of Abdul Ganie Mir, a resident of Wadwan area of the district hanging from the tree following which police was informed, news agency KDC reported.

A police officer confirmed the incident and said the body will be handed over to the family for last rites after medico-legal formalities.

A case under relevant sections of law is being registered and further investigation has been set into motion, he added.

https://www.greaterkashmir.com/kashmir/advocate-found-dead-in-budgam-village-police-register-case

India: Rights lawyer Teesta Setalvad gets bail in 2002 Gujarat riots case

02/09/22

India’s Supreme Court has granted bail to one of the country’s best-known rights lawyers.

Teesta Setalvad has long fought for the victims of the deadly 2002 riots in the western state of Gujarat and accuses Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then the state’s chief minister, of complicity.

She was arrested in June on charges of “forgery and fabricating evidence” in a riots case.

Her arrest was widely condemned by global rights groups.

It also sparked protests with critics accusing Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of targeting Setalvad for her work.

Since 2003, Setalvad has been accused in at least seven cases — allegations range from violating India’s foreign exchange rules and embezzling funds raised from riot victims to coaching witnesses in the trials.

But investigators were never able to charge her and the courts refused police requests for her custody to question her about five times.

The 2002 riots in Gujarat were among India’s worst outbreaks of violence in decades.

Nearly 2,000 people — mostly Muslims — died in the riots which began after 60 Hindu pilgrims died in a train fire, which was blamed on Muslims, in the town of Godhra.

The state’s BJP government and Modi were accused of not doing enough to bring the violence under control — an allegation he has consistently denied.

In June, the Supreme Court cleared him of complicity after ruling that there was no evidence against him.

Two days later, police arrested Setalvad after registering a fresh case of forgery and criminal conspiracy against her.

Setalvad, who denies the allegations against her, approached the Supreme Court for bail after her plea was rejected by a trial court and the Gujarat High Court deferred the matter for a longer period.

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https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/624540/World/Asia/Human-rights-lawyer-Teesta-Setalvad-gets-bail-in-2002-Gujarat-riots-case

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-62722597

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/2/indian-activist-teesta-setalvad-gets-bail-in-2002-gujarat-riots-case

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/supreme-court-grants-interim-bail-to-teesta-setalvad-in-gujarat-police-fir-gujarat-riots-case-208231

https://www.startribune.com/indias-top-court-grants-bail-to-activist-in-2002-riots-case/600203285/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/teesta-setalvad

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teesta_Setalvad

India: 3 Gugruam policemen booked for intimidating Chandigarh-based lawyer for client information

02/09/22

Chandigarh-based lawyer said police had first offered me ₹7 lakh as bribe to disclose where his clinets, a couple seeking protection after marriage, were residing

Police on Thursday booked three Gurgaon police personnel for allegedly conducting a search operation at the house of an advocate practising at the Punjab and Haryana high court and offering him a bribe for disclosing his client’s personal information.

The court has directed the police commissioner, Gurgaon, to investigate the matter and file an affidavit in the court within a week.

According to information, a couple, residents of Gurgaon, had sought protection from the high court after their marriage. Advocate Sarvesh Kumar Gupta, a resident of Nayagaon, was representing their case.

In his complaint to police, Kumar said, “I am fighting a case in high court for protection of life and liberty of a couple. The police first contacted me over phone and offered me ₹7 lakh as bribe to disclose where the couple is hiding or residing in Chandigarh. As I refused to reveal the information, three police personnel from Bilaspur police station of Gurgaon, namely—Manjeet, Mahesh and Nancy—entered my house on August 23 and detained my wife.”

“Police then started searching for the couple at my residence. Police also took my wife to some untraceable places to search for the couple. When my wife asked them to show a search warrant, they threatened her. My seven-year-old daughter was left alone in the house. Police also threatened her to falsely implicate our family in some false case or harm to their life and liberty,” he added.

On the complaint, the police registered a case against the three police personnel at Nayagaon police station, under sections 447 (criminal trespass), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/chandigarh-news/3-gugruam-policemen-booked-for-intimidating-chandigarh-based-lawyer-for-client-information-101662071374077.html

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/3-cops-of-haryana-police-booked-for-trespassing-on-advocates-house-8126070/

India: Surat advocate Mehul Boghra attacked

18/08/22

Advocate Mehul Boghra […] of Surat. […] There was a stir when it was done. When he was doing a Facebook Live about the harassment done by the police, in the presence of the police, some people attacked him with batons. As they attacked him, he was injured and bloodied. So he was shifted to Smeer Hospital for treatment. It is to be noted that the entire incident of the attack also went on Facebook Live, which was also watched by countless people.

According to information received from sources, 26-year-old advocate Mehul Mansukh Bodhra was attacked at Canal Road in Laska this afternoon. He was taken to the Smyrna Hospital for treatment in a bloodied and injured condition. At the hospital, Mehulbhai said about the attack that he had been receiving complaints about defamation in the rickshaw for some time. So this morning he reached Canal Road where he used to perform Uharana with a stick in the rickshaw. Where three policemen and three others were present.

As soon as they started the Facebook live, some of the people with batons fell on them and hit them on the head. He further alleged that he was assaulted by traffic supervisor Sajan Bharwad. 

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/surat/surat-lawyer-doing-facebook-live-attacked-by-traffic-brigade-jawan/articleshow/93648782.cms

https://www.facebook.com/advmehulbogharaofficial

https://tv9gujarati.com/crime/surat-advocate-mehul-boghra-was-attacked-in-the-ongoing-facebook-live-au24-566904.html (GUJARATI)

https://www.vtvgujarati.com/news-details/advocate-mehul-boghra-beaten-live-video-surat-traffic-police

India: Lawyer who filed PIL againt Chief Minister detained in Bengal: Police distances itself, Bar suspends work in solidarity

01/08/22

Kolkata Police detained Rajiv Kumar, the attorney who had brought PILs against Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren over suspected mining violations

The Kolkata Police detained Rajiv Kumar, the attorney who had filed PILs against Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren over suspected mining violations. Kumar was detained on suspicion of defrauding individuals of Rs. 50 lakh as reported by Indian Express.

Quoting the police sources media reports suggest that he had filed a PIL in Ranchi High Court against a businessman and was demanding Rs 10 crores to withdraw the PIL.

Kumar, who is referred to as the “PIL guy” in Jharkhand, recently submitted three PILs on behalf of Shiv Shankar Sharma, the petitioner. Deputy Chief Minister Soren was the target of two of the PILs. One of them charged Soren with obtaining a mining lease for himself while in charge of the Mining portfolio. The Enforcement Directorate is currently looking into Soren’s potential connections to money laundering and shell firms, according to the other report (ED).

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https://www.news9live.com/india/lawyer-who-filed-pil-against-hemant-soren-detained-in-bengal-jharkhand-police-distances-itself-bar-suspends-work-in-solidarity-186453

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/lawyer-in-pils-against-cm-soren-arrested-in-kolkata-8062966/

https://www.thequint.com/news/india/cases-against-jharkhand-cm-hemant-soren-ias-pooja-singhal-who-is-arrested-pil-man-rajiv-kumar

https://www.newsbytesapp.com/news/politics/jharkhand-lawyer-against-cm-soren-arrested/story

India: Targeting Lawyers For The Clients They Represent Is Unfair: Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana

29/07/22

Due to the instances of public targeting of some Advocates for the clients they defend, the Chairman of Punjab and Haryana Bar Council has issued a circular against morally associating lawyers with their briefs/clients.

Taking a serious view of the matter the Bar Council said “Just as a doctor has the sacred duty to treat the patient to the best of his abilities and accept every patient irrespective of his caste, creed, religion, character, misdoings etc. – a lawyer is duty bound to accept every client aiming to protect the physical, moral, and intellectual integrity of the individual to the best of his/her abilities and this is not his/her personal profile/identity.”

The Chairman of the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council noted it had become a common practice across the socio-political spectrum to speculate, malign, ridicule and cast aspersions on Senior Advocates and members of the bar for representing clients who did not find favor in opinions or discourse.

Terming such practice as malicious attack, he said that “Morally associating lawyers with their briefs/clients, whom they represent is beyond logical parlance. A lawyer is a patriot in pursuit of justice, confined to his brief/client only to the extent he represents such interests in Courts and this allegiance, by itself, must not be construed as having personal affection beyond brief. Targeting lawyers for the clients they represent or once represented is unfair and any such attack is reprehensible.”

The Bar Council’s circular further states that the central and state law enforcement agencies should deal with such malicious attacks on lawyers effectively.

“The Central and State law enforcement agencies need to deal with such malicious attacks on lawyers effectively. The governments are expected to create a secure environment so that lawyers can function fearlessly without even an iota of doubt in their minds that they may be called to question or publicly ridiculed for the act and conduct of their client or their legal representation of the same”. the circular read.

The Bar Council also warned of legal action in case of violation of its advisory. “

Bar Council has viewed such malicious attacks very seriously and via this intends to issue this advisory to all concerned. In case of violation, the Council reserves the right to contemplate legal recourse, in accordance with the law.”, the circular read further.

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https://www.verdictum.in/news/bar-council-targeting-lawyers-for-clients-represent-unfair-1430837

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/morally-associating-lawyers-with-their-briefs-clients-is-beyond-logical-parlance-punjab-and-haryana-bar-council/articleshow/93193811.cms

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/976382-punjab-bar-council-secretary-shot-dead

https://sabrangindia.in/article/address-reprisals-against-activists-india-international-human-rights-groups-eu

India: SC lawyer Vineet Jindal gets death threat letter warning ‘Sar Tan Se Juda’

27/07/22

He took to Twitter to share the letter and urged DCP Northwest to look into the matter. He tweeted, “Today the jihadis threatened to separate me from my body and sent it to my house. This is a threat to my life and my family’s life, and the Delhi Police has already accepted that.”

On Tuesday night, Supreme Court attorney Vineet Jindal received death threats and requested protection from the Delhi Police. “Allah ka paigham hai Vineet Jindal, tera bhi sar tan se juda karenge jald hi (It’s Allah’s message, Vineet Jindal; we’ll behead you soon)”, an unidentified letter stated.

According to the reports, Jindal seeking protection from the Delhi Police informed them that he received the anonymous letter after he got back home on July 26, at around 8:30 pm. His residence has CCTV, however, those who hurled the piece of paper with the threat on it were not caught by the CCTV.

He took to Twitter to share the letter and urged DCP Northwest to look into the matter. He tweeted, “Today the jihadis threatened to separate me from my body and sent it to my house. This is a threat to my life and my family’s life, and the Delhi Police has already accepted that.”

Jindal also mentioned in the application filed to Delhi Police that earlier had received similar threat messages and calls. “Earlier as well, I have received threat messages and calls from the US, Taiwan and Canada, about which I had informed the Delhi Police. Please investigate the matter,” Jindal said.

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https://www.hindustantimes.com/videos/news/sc-lawyer-vineet-jindal-gets-sar-tan-se-juda-threat-cops-file-fir-101658927845955-amp.html

https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/law-and-order/sc-lawyer-vineet-jindal-alleges-death-threat-fir-registered-under-non-bailable-offence-articleshow.html

India: Rajasthan lawyer self-immolates over alleged harassment by SDM, tries to set officer on fire

10/06/22

The Rajasthan High Court Bar Association has demanded that the officials allegedly responsible for his death be arrested.

In a shocking incident, a lawyer in Rajasthan’s Sikar district set himself on fire and then attacked the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, the police said. The lawyer had been protesting against alleged harassment by the officer. The lawyer was rushed to a hospital but died of his injuries.

The police said the lawyer on fire barged into SDM Rakesh Kumar’s cabin and tried to drag him from his seat. Kumar sustained injuries on his fingers as he warded off the lawyer. 

The Rajasthan High Court Bar Association has demanded that the officials allegedly responsible for his death be arrested. 

The Jaipur District Bar Association has announced boycotting of work on Friday.

District Bar Association Sunil Sharma said the deceased Hansraj Malviya had been harassed by officials and he died in Jaipur’s SMS hospital. 

https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-rajasthan-lawyer-self-immolates-over-alleged-harassment-by-sdm-tries-to-set-officer-on-fire-2959331

https://ummid.com/news/2022/june/10.06.2022/rajasthan-lawyer-immolates-self-protesting-against-sdm.html

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/jaipur-sikar-lawyer-immolates-selftries-to-grab-sdm-in-protest/articleshow/92115742.cms

India: Satara Police take custody of accused lawyer: Pawar home attack

14/04/22

GUNRATAN Sadavarte was among the over hundred people arrested on Friday over the “attack” on NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s residence here. Sadavarte is the legal counsel of the protesting Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) employees who allegedly breached Pawar’s security. However, the advocate is increasingly alleged to be the one leading the strike at the behest of Opposition parties in the state. On Friday, he is said to have made provocative statements leading to the protest getting out of hand.

It wasn’t the first time Sadavarte was in the news for his cases or his speeches. Be it the Maratha reservation protests, the Param Bir and Anil Deshmukh row, or the MSRTC staffers’ demand to be treated on par with state government employees, he has been at the forefront.

On November 8 last year, the Maharashtra government had told the Bombay High Court that it had constituted a three-member committee, as per its directions, to resolve the MSRTC workers’ issues. But the government’s hopes of the matter being settled were dashed when Sadavarte declared that the employees would continue the strike till their demand was implemented. Last month, he told the court that the workers were not on strike but “in mourning”, for the deaths of their colleagues.

On Thursday, in a victory for the MSRTC employees, the High Court directed the corporation to drop its charges against the staffers and reinstate those who were terminated if they resumed work by April 22.

During his remand hearing Saturday, Sadavarte’s counsel argued that he had been implicated as he had taken on the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government over various cases.

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https://indianexpress.com/article/india/political-pulse/newsmaker-advocate-protester-bjp-supporter-three-one-face-msrtc-row-7861882/

https://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/mumbai-cops-search-residence-of-lawyer-gunaratna-sadavarte-held-in-connection-with-msrtc-strike-outside-sharad-pawars-house

https://www.esakal.com/maharashtra/gunratna-sadavarte-arrested-satara-police-today-from-arthur-road-jail-mumbai-sbk97 (HINDI)

https://daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=946277

https://marathi.abplive.com/videos/news/maharashtra-which-crime-was-registered-against-gunratan-sadavarte-in-satara-1050372