June 24, 2019
Unidentified persons shot dead a 50-year-old district court lawyer near Gohri railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj district on Sunday night, police said
Unidentified persons shot dead a 50-year-old district court lawyer near Gohri railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj district on Sunday night, police said.
The victim, Sushil Kumar Patel, was rushed to SRN Hospital but did not survive, the police said.
The incident came less than two weeks after the chairperson of Uttar Pradesh Bar Council, Darvesh Yadav, was shot dead by another lawyer on the premises of the Agra district court. The attacker, who shot himself after committing the crime, died in a Gurugram hospital on Saturday.
On Sunday, Patel was on his way to Phaphamau from his village on his bike when the assailants riding motocycles overtook him near a railway crossing and shot him.
Eyewitnesses claimed that the lawyer was chased for some distance before being shot in the chest at a close range. The assailants escaped riding their vehicles.
June 10, 2019
Deepika Singh Rajawat, who gained international acclaim for taking up the case of the Kathua rape victim, reached the special court in Pathankot early Monday morning for the verdict.
Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat remained the face of the Kathua gang-rape and murder trial even though the victim’s family sacked her in November last year, alleging she had appeared for just two out of hundreds of hearings in the special court in Pathankot.
Rajawat, who gained international acclaim and awards for taking up the case of the eight-year-old victim, was among the lawyers who reached the special court in Pathankot early morning for the verdict. One reason for the laurels she was showered with was the constant stream of abusive messages and threats, of rape and murder, she had faced while arguing the case.
In a special conversation with News18, Rajawat had talked about the threats she faced while she was representing the family.
Every time she stepped into her house, Rajawat told News18, she double-checked the main gate as she feared for the safety of her own daughter, her husband and herself.
This heightened 24×7 alertness had become a part of her life ever since she took up the gang-rape and murder case, she said. State police had provided her with security after she expressed threat to her life.
“I feel threatened that my family or I might be harmed physically. Also, I feel attempts will be made to damage my dignity,” she had told News18 in October last year while she was still the prosecution lawyer. She feared that one day a narcotic substance could be planted at her house to malign her reputation.
June 21, 2019
In a statement, Ravi Kiran Jain* and Dr V Suresh** of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) have said the CBI’s FIR against the Lawyers’ Collective and senior advocate Anand Grover is an undisguised attempt to silence not just the top human rights organization but is also meant to “serve as a lesson to all others who dare to challenge the Central Government.”
Calling the FIR “motivated, vengeful and vituperative act”, PUCL said the Lawyers’ Collective, which has for 38 years of its existence has taken up cases related with domestic violence, human rights, labour and womens’ rights, adding, among the important ones are the “Naz case on rights of the LGBTQ community, the Novartis case, the Sabarimala case, the triple talaaq case and the Sohrabuddin case, in which current Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah was involved.”
Demanding immediate withdrawal of the FIR, PUCL said, “The case lodged against the organization smacks of vendetta for its exceptional work on securing rights for the marginalized. It is ill-conceived, vindictive, politically motivated and designed to have a chilling effect on all those who raise a voice of dissent.”
FIR against Lawyers Collective: NHRC asks CBI to provide status report of their investigation
PUCL Statement Condemning registration of FIR against Lawyers Collective
June 20, 2019
Members of the Bhubaneswar Bar Association Thursday abstained from court work in protest against the alleged failure of the police in arresting unidentified miscreants who have been accused of assaulting two lawyers Wednesday morning near an apartment at Jharpada here.
The victim lawyers identified as Md Alam and Umakanta Tandi sustained varying degrees of injuries in the attack. Alam Thursday underwent surgery on his fractured leg.
According to sources, advocate Tandi, who has landed property at the Mahadev Nagar in Jharpda, along with an amin had reportedly gone to the spot Wednesday for measurement of the plot. Md Alam, a friend of Tandi, was also present at the place during the measurement.
It is said that Tandi has an old dispute with the owner of the adjacent plot. When Tandi reached the spot a heated argument ensued between the lawyer and the family members of the adjacent plot over the measurement issue. Later, the argument turned violent and the owner of the adjacent plot along with some locals attacked Tandi and Md Alam with bamboo sticks and other sharp weapons.
As the news about the incident spread, the lawyers’ fraternity reached the spot and lodged a complaint with the Laxmisagar police in this regard. Police have initiated a probe into the incident after registering a case (163/19).
Attack on Bar members: City lawyers abstain from court work
High Court lawyers’ stir continues
June 20, 2019
Wakil Khan, who also worked as a reporter in a local evening daily, was targeted with a knife when he was going to court in the morning.
A lawyer on his way to court was assaulted by four persons over some personal enmity in the Sadar Bazar area here in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, police said.
Wakil Khan, who also worked as a reporter in a local evening daily, was targeted with a knife when he was going to court in the morning. He was injured in the attack and admitted to a hospital, they said.
The assailants fled from the spot after passers-by raised alarm.
Mathura Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shalabh Mathur said two teams have been formed to nab the culprits who came in a vehicle.
May 24, 2019
Lawyers of the Howrah district court and the staff of Howrah Municipal Corporation, premises of which are located opposite to each other, had allegedly clashed over issues relating to the parking of vehicles.
Lawyers suspended their strike on Friday after a month-long of absolute shutdown across courts in Bengal, which was called to protest alleged excesses by police during a clash between advocates and civic employees in Howrah.
Bar Council of West Bengal vice-president Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay said that lawyers have been requested to join work from Saturday.
“The Bar Council executive has decided to temporarily suspend the ceasework till September 2, when it will discuss a report that will be placed by the one-man commission appointed by the Calcutta High Court to look into the issue,” Mukhopadhyay said.
The report is likely to be submitted before the high court in the last week of August.
A division bench of the high court appointed the commission after hearing a suo motu case initiated by Chief Justice T B N Radhakrishnan with regard to the clash that occurred on April 24.
Several persons, including lawyers, were injured in the incident when police allegedly entered the Howrah court premises, without requisite permissions, and baton charged to control the mob.