Plea Filed In High Court Against Lawyers for ‘Disrespecting’ Court

Lawyers appearing in the PILs chanted “Shame, Shame!”.

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A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar declined to pass any interim directions and listed the matter for hearing on 4 February.
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A plea in the High Court has now been filed for contempt action against lawyers who 'disrespected' court on Thursday, 19 December. The Bar Council of Delhi has strongly condemned the behaviour of lawyers in the court room. In its statement, the council says that the decorum of the court must be maintained at any cost.

“It has come to our notice that some lawyers shouted “shame”, “shame” in court 1 of Delhi HC today which we condemn strongly. We express displeasure at this kind of behavior by the lawyers. We have to maintain the dignity and decorum of the court at any cost.”
Bar Council of Delhi 

Earlier in the day, after the Delhi High Court refused to provide any relief to student protesters from coercive action, including arrest during the Jamia hearing, lawyers resorted to chanting, “Shame, Shame!” in the court premises, according to PTI.

The court, which was hearing several PILs seeking setting up of a judicial commission to look into the violence at Jamia Millia Islamia university protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), issued notice to the Centre, the AAP government and the police to reply to petitions over the incident.

A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar declined to pass any interim directions and listed the matter for hearing on 4 February.

As the bench declined to pass any interim orders and rose from the dais, the lawyers appearing in the PILs chanted “Shame, Shame!” PTI reported.

A couple of lawyers also burst into tears in the court, while the senior lawyers consoled them saying they would move the Supreme Court, according to Bar & Bench.

The six petitions, moved by lawyers, students of JMI, residents of Okhla where university is located and the Imam of Jama Masjid mosque opposite Parliament House, had also sought medical treatment, compensation and interim protection from arrest for the students.

They had also sought appropriate action, including registration of FIRs, against the erring police officers.

Several public buses and two police vehicles were torched in the clash between students and police at New Friends' Colony near Jamia university during a demonstration against the CAA on Sunday.

Students and police personnel were injured in the incident.

(With inputs from PTI and Bar & Bench.)

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