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The Delhi High Court Thursday asked nine lawyers allegedly involved in the manhandling of a judge in Rohini District Courts to provide free legal aid to the poor for two years and quashed all the proceedings against them.

A special three-judge bench comprising Justice Vikramjit Sen, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice A.K. Sikri quashed the FIR and also dropped contempt proceedings against them. It asked the lawyers to provide free legal aid to at least 24 people in the next two years.

‘All of them will also have to together pay a fine of Rs.50,000 which will be used as fund for activities of Rohini Bar Association,’ the court said after the lawyers tendered an apology.

The group of advocates had allegedly manhandled Additional District Judge Pankaj Gupta July 8, last year at Rohini District Courts.

Two days later, the high court issued notices against them and said: ‘Prima facie, it (incident) amounts to contempt of court.’

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