Lawyers in all the six district courts in Delhi called off their strike on Friday.

Lawyers in all the six district courts in Delhi called off their strike on Friday, which was underway since November 4 after a clash between advocates and police at the Tis Hazari court.

The Coordination Committee of All District Courts Bar Associations took the decision in a meeting of the office bearers after the Delhi High Court order directed the lawyers to resolve the matter.

“We respect the order of the High Court so the abstinence from work is suspended, work to be resumed from Saturday. Our fight for Advocates Protection Act will continue,” said Mahavir Sharma, chairman of the organisation.

At least 20 security personnel and several advocates were injured in the clash over a parking dispute at the Tis Hazari court on November 2. Lawyers in the six district courts have been on strike since November 4 to protest against the clash.

Suspended judge’s husband moves court for bail in graft case

Suspended judge's husband moves court for bail in graft case
Suspended judge’s husband moves court for bail in graft case

The husband of a judicial officer, arrested in a graft case in which she was allegedly caught by CBI while accepting bribe, has moved a special court seeking bail.

The bail plea of accused Alok Lakhanpal, the husband of Rachna Tiwari Lakhanpal who was a senior civil judge at the Tis Hazari Court here, would come up for hearing tomorrow before Special CBI Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal.

Besides Alok, co-accused and an advocate Vishal Mehan has also approached the court seeking bail in the case. Both Alok, a practicing lawyer, and Vishal are in judicial custody.

The court had earlier granted bail to Rachna Tiwari Lakhanpal, who was suspended after her arrest, considering that there was nobody to look after her two minor kids as her husband was also under incarceration.

The judicial officer, her husband and Vishal were arrested by CBI on the night of September 28.

According to CBI, the judge and her husband were arrested while allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs four lakh from Vishal, who was appointed as local commissioner in a case adjudicated by her, at her residence.

CBI had claimed that during searches at the judge’s residence, Rs 94 lakh case was seized by it along with two locker keys and other material.

“A case was registered under Prevention of Corruption Act against the advocate on a complaint alleging that in a matter being heard by a Senior Civil Judge (West), Tis Hazari Courts, Delhi, she had appointed him (Vishal) as local commissioner for conducting an inspection of the disputed property and submitting his report.

“The advocate (appointed as LC) allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs two lakh for himself as well as Rs 20 lakh for the said senior civil judge for deciding the matter in favour of the complainant,” it had said.

CBI had said its teams laid a trap at the designated place where the bribe was to be allegedly paid by Vishal.

As the bribe was being allegedly paid, CBI teams swung into action and nabbed Vishal while he was “receiving” Rs five lakh purportedly on behalf of the judge, it had claimed.

The team then took the accused advocate to the judge’s residence where he allegedly handed over Rs five lakh to Lakhanpal while she gave Rs one lakh to the lawyer as his cut, the agency claimed, adding that the alleged bribe money was also recovered by CBI.

( Source – PTI )

North East lawyer assault in Tis Hazari: Accused advocates to reply on contempt plea

The Delhi High Court today sought responses of two lawyers to a letter sent by Tis Hazari court to consider initiating contempt proceedings against them for allegedly abusing and manhandling persons, including a lady advocate, belonging to Northeast region.

A bench of justices G S Sistani and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal issued notice to the alleged contemnor lawyers Azad Chandra Prakash Gautam and Varun Jain and sought their replies by February 12.

The high court passed the order on a letter sent by an Additional District and Sessions Judge who has also referred to an order of the metropolitan magistrate (MM) in whose court the incident had occurred.

The incident had taken place on May 23 last year when the victims had gone to Tiz Hazari court for recording of the statement of a girl from northeast in a molestation case and were allegedly abused and assaulted by some lawyers inside the courtroom of  a magistrate.

The girl, who was allegedly molested on the night of May 22, 2014, outside Vishwa Vidyalaya Metro station by an advocate, was accompanied by her friends and a woman lawyer.

The lawyers, who had gathered inside the courtroom in support of their accused colleague, allegedly hurled abuses against the victim and her supporters and assaulted some of them, including the woman advocate.
The victims have already moved a contempt plea in the high court against the two lawyers and the same is pending before another bench.

Earlier, during hearing of the contempt plea filed by the victims, Delhi Police had told the court that there was sufficient evidence against the two alleged contemnor lawyers.

Israeli diplomat attack: Indian ‘journalist’ arrested

An Indian national claiming to be a freelance journalist has been arrested in connection with the attack on an Israeli diplomat here last month and will be produced in a Delhi court Wednesday, police said.

“Mohammed Kazmi, in his early 50s, was arrested Tuesday night from south Delhi. He will be produced in the Tis Hazari court Wednesday afternoon,” a police official said.

Delhi Police said it has “almost cracked the case”. Four people were injured when an Israeli diplomat’s car was hit by a bomb near the Israeli embassy in the capital Feb 13.

Tal Yehoshua Koren, wife of the Israeli defence attache, suffered multiple injuries when a motorcycle rider attached a magnetic explosive device to her car and sped away. Within seconds, the device exploded with a thunderous sound, setting the car on fire.

Koren moved back to Israel after getting treatment at a private south Delhi hospital. Three others injured were discharged after being given medical attention.