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India: Gangwar in national capital: Delhi’s top gangster Jitender Gogi shot dead in Rohini court

24/09/21

Rohini Court Firing: Lawyer Moves Supreme Court Seeking Directions To Enhance Security In Courts

Delhi’s top gangster Jitender Gogi has been shot dead in a daring shootout in Rohini court. He was arrested by the special cell of the Delhi Police.

Delhi’s top gangster Jitender Gogi was on Friday shot dead during a shootout in Rohini court. He was arrested by the special cell of the Delhi Police. 

As per the initial reports, two individuals were shot dead in a crossfire between the criminals and police. It is being reported that the infamous Tillu gang could be behind the incident and the prime target of the daring hit, Jitender Gogi, did not survive.

The firing took place in Rohini Court outside Court no. 206. Two assailants died on the spot between the cross-firing by the police personnel present at the scene of the crime. 

As per the initial report, the culprits were in the attire of an advocate. It is also being reported that one female lawyer was also injured in the attack. 

It is estimated that around 35-40 rounds were fired in the court premises. 

As per the witnesses, two assailants, in the uniform of an advocate, fired upon Gogi in court. The police team fired in return upon the assailants. 

The assailants, identified as Rahul and Mareesh were part of Tillu and Navin Bali gang.

Arvind Vats, Rohini Court joint secy told Times Now, “Police officials were there but not in the appropriate strength. A major question is how weapons reached the court? We have requested many times for more security. No proper security was in place. Guards are not well maintained.”

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https://www.timesnownews.com/delhi/article/delhis-top-gangster-jitender-gogi-shot-dead-in-rohini-court-shootout/816155

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/rohini-court-firing-lawyer-moves-supreme-court-seeking-directions-to-enhance-security-in-courts-182420

https://www.freepressjournal.in/bhopal/madhya-pradesh-security-poor-in-courts-says-state-bar-council-demands-protection

https://thewire.in/law/petitions-in-sc-delhi-hc-to-ensure-safety-in-lower-courts-after-rohini-shooting

https://www.news18.com/news/india/jailed-gangster-jitender-gogi-arrested-under-mcoca-killed-in-encounter-at-delhis-rohini-court-4240835.html

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2021/sep/24/ganglord-jitender-gogitwo-killers-shot-dead-in-delhi-courtroom-2363175.html

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/24/india/india-man-shot-courtroom-intl-scli/index.html

https://www.courrierinternational.com/revue-de-presse/fait-divers-delhi-un-gangster-de-renom-abattu-en-pleine-audience-au-tribunal-par-une (FRANCAIS)

India: Lawyers on streets for Advocates’ Protection Act

28/07/21

अधिवक्ता मनोज झा की हत्या के विरोध में वकीलों ने सड़क पर मार्च निकाला और नारेबाजी की। - Dainik Bhaskar

Lawyers in State Capital on Tuesday refrained from judicial work protesting against the board day light murder of fellow lawyer at Tamar in rural area of Capital. The lawyers holding placards and banners took out a protest march from Ranchi District Bar Association (RDBA) to Albert Ekka Chowk. The lawyers demanded the implementation of the Advocates Protection Act in the State.

Earlier, on Monday afternoon a middle aged practicing lawyer Manoj Jha was killed by motorcycle-borne assailants in Radgaon area under Tamar police station. Police said that the deceased was in his car with his driver around 500m from the busy National Highway-33 connecting Ranchi and Jamshedpur, when five assailants on two bikes opened fire at the lawyer. Police sources said that it came to light that he was attacked when he was overseeing wall construction on a big plot which was disputed earlier.

As per information, the lawyer was getting the work done on behalf of one of his clients, an educational institution, on the 14-acre plot. The assailants overpowered Jha’s driver at gunpoint and pumped several bullets before escaping.

Reacting strongly over the death of Jha, Jharkhand State Bar Council chairman Rajendra Krishna said, “The board daylight murder of a practicing lawyer is a serious issue. The incident exposes the poor law and order situation in State Capital.” Jharkhand State Bar Council member Sanjay Vidrohi demanded the implementation of Advocates Protection Act in the state. The Advocates Protection Act is for the protection of advocates and their functions in discharge of professional duties. The Act is stated to be the protection of advocates and to remove obstructions in the discharge of their duties.

He said that in recent time incidents like assault and murder against advocates have increased. In view of this, the Protection Act is needed.

This is not the first time that demands for setting up the Advocates Protection Act. The State Bar Council had placed their demands for implementation of Advocates Protection Act during the tenure of Chief Raghubar Das, but the act could not be implemented.  The then Government had asked for a draft copy of the Act. After this, action was started on behalf of the Government. But after the formation of the new Government and given the conditions in Corona, the process regarding the Act slowed down.

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https://www.dailypioneer.com/2021/state-editions/lawyers-on-streets-for-advocates—-protection-act.html

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/expect-speedy-probe-in-advocate-murder-case/articleshow/84840186.cms

http://www.uniindia.com/news/east/law-jharkhand-ssp/2461577.html

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/legal-writing/new-advocates-protection-bill-2021-34871/

(HINDI)

https://www.jagran.com/jharkhand/ranchi-ranchi-police-detained-five-people-in-lawyer-manoj-jha-murder-case-police-said-main-accused-will-be-arrested-soon-21869240.html

https://www.bhaskar.com/local/jharkhand/ranchi/news/advocate-manoj-jha-murder-lawyers-protest-on-road-in-jharkhand-ranchi-128746313.html

https://www.livehindustan.com/jharkhand/ranchi/story-lawyer-shocked-by-manoj-jha-39-s-murder-4261799.html

https://www.bhaskar.com/local/jharkhand/ranchi/news/jharkhand-high-court-chief-justice-on-lawyer-manoj-kumar-jha-murder-case-128750406.html

India: Lawyer killed in broad daylight in Ranchi

26/07/21

वकील मनाेज कुमार झा - Dainik Bhaskar

In another murder over a land dispute, a practising lawyer was killed by motorcycle-borne assailants in Radgaon area under Tamar police station here on Monday, police said. This is the second such murder in the state capital within a fortnight.

Police said the deceased, identified as Manoj Jha, was in his car with his driver around 500m from the busy National Highway-33 connecting Ranchi and Jamshedpur, when five assailants on two bikes opened fire at the lawyer.

“The deceased advocate was aged around 50. During initial investigation, it came to light that he was attacked when he was overseeing wall construction on a big plot which was disputed earlier. We have got some leads about people involved in the dispute. We have detained two persons and they are being questioned,” said Naushad Alam, superintendent of police, Ranchi (rural).

As per information, the lawyer was getting the work done on behalf of one of his clients, an educational institution, on the 14-acre plot. The assailants overpowered Jha’s driver on gunpoint and pumped several bullets before escaping.

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https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/ranchi-news/advocate-killed-in-broad-daylight-in-ranchi-101627314819160.html

https://www.barandbench.com/news/bci-7-member-committee-advocates-protection-bill

https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/new-law-will-protect-advocates-from-attacks-writes-olav-albuquerque

https://www.bhaskar.com/local/jharkhand/ranchi/news/ranchi-lawyer-killed-in-tamad-who-went-to-see-the-work-of-14-acres-of-land-of-saint-xavier-128745418.html (HINDI)

India: Lawyer hacked to death for taking divorce case of woman in Chennai

19/07/21

Police suspect that the family might have murdered Venkatesan under the assumption that he was playing the spoilsport in Sathya’s conjugal life.

A lawyer, who reportedly appeared for the divorce case of a woman, was hacked to death by the latter’s family in the wee hours of Monday near Tiruvallur. The woman too suffered injuries in the attack but is said to be out of danger.  

The deceased, identified as Venkatesan from Manavala Nagar.

Sathya of Maduravoyal had moved to a rented house in Vellerithangal village a week ago, reportedly unable to face the harassment of her family. 

Police said Sathya was married to one another man also named Venkatesan for 15 years and had three children from him. While she separated from her husband a year ago due to differences, the girl’s family allegedly wanted to reunite Sathya with her husband.  

“Sathya, who did not want to reconcile with her husband, approached the lawyer Venkatesan, left her three children with her parents, and moved to Vellerithangal,” said a senior police officer. 

After recording Sathya’s statement, police said that her father Shankar, mother Chinnamma, brother Vinoth, aunt Devi, sister Sangeetha and her husband reached Sathya’s house on Sunday night and an argument erupted among them. 

Sathya called her lawyer Venkatesan to rush to the spot for help. When Venkatesan reached the house and tried to hold talks with the family, the latter allegedly hacked him with a sickle. Sathya, who tried to rescue Venkatesan, suffered injuries on her head. While the family fled the spot, neighbours rushed Sathya to a nearby hospital. 

Tiruvallur Taluk police registered a case and sent advocate Venkatesan’s body for post-mortem. Police suspect that the family might have murdered Venkatesan under the assumption that he was playing the spoilsport in Sathya’s conjugal life. A hunt has been launched for the suspects.   

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2021/jul/19/lawyer-hacked-to-death-for-taking-divorce-case-of-woman-in-chennai-2332443.html

https://www.dtnext.in/News/City/2021/07/20035053/1307704/Divorce-lawyer-hacked-to-death-by-womans-family.vpf

India: Mumbai Lawyer Attacked In Broad-daylight With Swords In Borivali

19/07/21

Mumbai

The video of the horrifying attack was shared by Advocate Madan J Gupta on Twitter which showed 5-6 men attacking the Mumbai lawyer with weapons.

In a shocking incident, an advocate was attacked with swords and sticks in broad daylight in Mumbai’s Borivali area on Sunday. The lawyer Satyadev Joshi was intercepted by a group of weapon-yielding goons on the street after they stopped his car mid-way. Forcing him to step out, the group of goons brutally lynched Joshi with swords and sticks.

The video of the horrifying attack was shared by Advocate Madan J Gupta on Twitter which showed 5-6 men attacking the lawyer with weapons as passersby ignore the incident. The client was also reportedly traveling with the lawyer when he was attacked. The incident has raised serious questions on the law and order situation in the financial capital. 

Three arrested by Mumbai Police 

Taking cognizance of the matter, the Mumbai Police has registered an FIR in the case, as per news agency ANI. The FIR has been filed under sections 307, 326,324, 504, and 506 of the IPC at the MHB police station in Borivali. Three persons identified from the video have been arrested as well. 

The reason behind the attack is yet to be disclosed by the Mumbai Police however reports have claimed that it was allegedly over a property dispute with a Mumbai developer. The lawyer is said to have been brutally injured in the incident. He is seeking treatment at the hospital in Kandivali. More details are awaited.

https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/city-news/mumbai-lawyer-attacked-in-broad-daylight-with-swords-in-borivali-fir-lodged.html

https://news.abplive.com/news/india/mumbai-lawyer-attacked-by-goons-with-sword-in-borivali-3-held-fir-lodged-1470496

https://www.latestly.com/agency-news/india-news-lawyer-attacked-with-sword-in-mumbai-3-arrested-2655145.html

https://www.tv9marathi.com/crime/mumbai-crime/mumbai-lawyer-attacked-by-sword-at-borivali-dahisar-in-daylight-497202.html (HINDI)

India: “Total Restriction On Lawyers’ Free Speech”: Plea in Kerala High Court Challenges New Bar Council Rules Which Make Criticism Of Its Decisions Ground for Disqualification

28/06/21

Madras High Court, Specify Mechanism, Taking Action Against Advocates, Misbehave With Officials Duty, Bar Council Tamil Nadu, Justice M. Dhandapani,

A petition has been filed before the Kerala High Court by Advocate Rajesh Vijayan, a member of the Kerala Bar Council seeking a declaration that the recently inserted Sections V and V-A of Chapter II of Part VI of the Bar Council of India Rules are unconstitutional and violative of Articles 14, 19 (1) (a), and 21.

The Bar Council of India had recently published a notification dated 25th June 2021 adding Sections V and V-A to Chapter-II, Part VI of the Rules according to which the decision of any State Bar Council or Bar Council of India shall not be criticized or attacked by any Member/s of Bar Council in public domain. The Writ Petition was filed aggrieved by the addition of these provisions, which has the effect of, inter alia, prohibiting criticism and dissent against the Bar Council of India and other Bar Councils, and demanding unquestioning acceptance of all decisions taken by them.

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https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/plea-in-kerala-hc-challenges-new-bar-council-rules-critizism-decisions-ground-for-disqualification-176412

https://www.barandbench.com/news/new-bci-rules-violative-right-to-free-speech-advocates-petition-kerala-high-court

https://www.indialegallive.com/top-news-of-the-day/news/judicial-activism/

http://www.barcouncilkerala.org/

India: Bar Council of India Constitutes 7 Member Committee For Framing Draft Advocates Protection Act

13/06/21

UP Bar Council Vs BCI

Taking note of the recent attacks on lawyers and their family members, the Bar Council of India has resolved to constitute a 7 member committee for framing the draft “Advocates Protection Act” to ensure protection and safety to Lawyers in carrying out their duties.

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In the meeting dated 10th June, the Council discussed the incident wherein a Jaipur based lawyer, namely Advocate Shri Ram Sharma and his wife were attacked physically, causing them several injuries.

In view of this, Other recent similar incidents were also discussed by the Council including the attack on Telangana based lawyer and his wife.

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https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/bci-constitutes-7-member-committee-advocates-protection-act-to-ensure-protection-to-lawyers-from-threats-attacks-175650

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/supreme-court-enactment-of-advocate-protection-act-law-ministry-172359

https://thewire.in/rights/watch-lawyers-take-out-march-in-delhi-demand-advocate-protection-act-be-passed

India: Bombay HC orders enquiry into lawyer’s arrest, handcuffing by Navi Mumbai Police

29/05/21

Bombay HC orders enquiry into lawyer’s arrest, handcuffing by Navi Mumbai Police

Calling the arrest made by Kharghar Police “illegal”, the plea sought an enquiry by an “independent agency”, pleading that Jha had merely accompanied the client to different places for court hearings and that charges against him were “false”.

The Bombay High Court recently appointed a Principal District and Sessions Judge, Thane to “independently” enquire if Kharghar Police station, Navi Mumbai, “illegally detained” a lawyer, Vimal Jha, between April 3 and 5 and “illegally handcuffed” him while producing him before the Magistrate on April 5 to seek his police custody.

After one of his clients accused Jha of kidnapping him in the first week of April and demanding a ransom of Rs 3 crore, Jha was booked by the police.

A division bench of Justice S J Kathawalla and Justice S P Tavade passed an order on May 19 after hearing a writ plea filed by Vimal Jha, the accused, and a PIL by a group called Lawyers for Just Society, challenging the arrest, argued by advocates Prashant Pandey and Subhash Jha, respectively.

Calling the arrest made by Kharghar Police “illegal”, the plea sought an enquiry by an “independent agency”, pleading that Jha had merely accompanied the client to different places for court hearings and that charges against him were “false”.

In the FIR, the complainant had said the accused and his accomplices had forcibly taken him to various locations in the state, including Karjat, Murbad and Nashik.

The petitioner said he was arrested on April 3 and produced before the magistrate on April 5, beyond stipulated 24-hour limitation as per Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which was illegal.

The pleas further said Jha was handcuffed and paraded in the court in violation of norms, which stipulate that no accused shall be handcuffed unless magistrate’s order is obtained.

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https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/bombay-hc-orders-enquiry-into-lawyers-arrest-handcuffing-by-navi-mumbai-police-7334827/

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/bombay-hc-orders-independent-inquiry-into-lawyers-arrest-handcuffing/2091784

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/mumbai/2021/may/17/bombay-hc-raps-cops-for-failing-to-answer-queries-on-lawyers-arrest-over-kidnapping-charges-2303690.html

https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/bombay-high-court-raps-police-over-inconsistent-answers-on-lawyers-arrest-174315

India: Advocate shot dead over poll enmity in UP

18/05/21

Amethi Kotedar Ki Hatya मोहनगंज कोतवाली क्षेत्र ग्राम पंचायत फूला के कोटेदार लल्लन सिंह की हत्या :-

60-year-old advocate was shot dead at a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi over a dispute related to the recently concluded panchayat elections, officials said on Tuesday.

The incident took place in Phoola village on Monday night.

Lallan Singh was shot at by some unidentified men when he was returning home after meeting newly-elected village pradhan Suraj Prasad around 10 pm, the police said.

Singh was rushed to a community health centre in Tiloi, where he was given primary treatment and then doctors there referred him to a hospital in Lucknow.

However, the lawyer succumbed to injuries on the way to Lucknow.

Circle Officer Anand Kumar said the body has been sent for postmortem and a hunt is on to nab the accused persons.

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/law-order/1577213-advocate-shot-dead-over-poll-enmity-in-up

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/advocate-shot-dead-over-poll-enmity-in-up/2085114

(HINDI)

India/UK: Lawyer who documented 6,733 Punjab disappearances, illegal cremations booked on 2019 I&B complaint

13/05/21

The Chandigarh Police registered a first-information report against a United Kingdom-based lawyer Satnam Singh Bains on 19 April, nearly two years after the ministry of home affairs sent “inputs” about him to the ministry of information and broadcasting. Satnam is an activist who founded the civil-society group Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project in 2008. The PDAP aims to uncover excesses committed by security forces in Punjab between 1984 and 1995, a period of turmoil in the state. The PDAP says it has documented at least 6,733 cases of disappearances and illegal cremations in this time. It released a documentary on these cases, titled “Punjab Disappeared,” in 2019. That year, the MHA told the MIB that the documentary propagated “the agenda of pro-khalistan elements.” The MIB complained to the Chandigarh Police about this, but the police did not find any substance in this claim. The MIB had also mentioned that the documentary was screened without certification—in April this year, Satnam was booked for this offence.

The PDAP has led perhaps the most expansive effort to show the scale of the mass state crimes that took place in Punjab under the guise of curbing militancy. Based on its work, a crucial petition that seeks to show the state’s heavy handedness in 1980s and 1990s was filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court on 14 November 2019. Satnam is a counsel of the petitioners and the PDAP’s documentary is a part of the petition. The petition notes that families of many victims have lived without closure; without knowing whether their kin are dead or alive. It says that many family members have been denied basic rights—such as death certificates of the victims, access to pension and succession rights—just because the state has chosen to not acknowledge the crimes of the police and security forces. The petition seeks an “independent and effective investigation into these killings and a diligent prosecution of those involved in the murders and the subsequent cover-ups.”

The case against Satnam indicates a clampdown against the PDAP and the petitioners. The MIB complained to the police in July 2019, but the FIR against Satnam was only registered in April 2021. Rajvinder Singh Bains, Satnam’s co-counsel in the petition, said, “We read it as a crude attempt to undermine the legal defence of the victims and the exercise of prosecuting the guilty [police officers] and an attempt to prosecute those who we called human rights defenders.”

The FIR was registered against a complaint, dated 23 July 2019, from Ashok Parmar, a joint secretary in the MIB. He wrote that “inputs have been received” from the MHA that Punjab Disappeared was “Propagating the agenda of pro-khalistan elements.” He mentioned that the PDAP violated the Cinematograph Act of 1952 by holding a “public exhibition” without certification from the Central Board of Film Certification. Parmar asked for “necessary action against exhibitor and producer of the documentary” and provide details of the action taken. While it was registered at the police station in Sector 36, the crime branch in Chandigarh’s Sector 11 had been enquiring into the matter. The FIR booked Satnam under the Cinematograph Act. According to the act, the exhibition of a film that has not been certified by the CBFC is punishable with imprisonment for up to three years or with a fine that may extend to one lakh rupees or with both.

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https://caravanmagazine.in/crime/satnam-singh-bains-documented-6733-punjab-disappearances-illegal-cremations-booked-on-2019-ministry-of-info-broadcasting-complaint

https://lifestyle.livemint.com/news/big-story/in-punjab-families-of-the-disappeared-await-justice-111608471391872.html

https://thewire.in/rights/punjab-militancy-enforced-disappearances-fake-encounters

https://caravanmagazine.in/conflict/satnam-singh-bains-punjab-disappearances