Lawyers continue to abstain from work, litigants offered flowers

Lawyers stage a protest against the police over the recent Tis Hazari Court clashes, at Saket Court Complex in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Litigants were welcomed with flowers by lawyers at the entrance of Saket district court complex on Thursday (November 7) as advocates abstained from work for the fourth consecutive day, protesting against the clash with police at Tis Hazari court on November 2.

Lawyers of all six district courts — Tis Hazari, Saket, Karkardooma, Rohini, Patiala House and Dwarka — held peaceful protests, allowing litigants and police to go inside the court’s premises.

After Wednesday’s scuffle with common public and lawyers at Saket court, litigants have been allowed to attend their matters in courtrooms and proxy counsel are also appearing to take dates in cases, advocate DS Kasana, general secretary of coordination committee of All District Courts Bar Associations, said.

“We have also arranged for lunch for around 1,000 people including lawyers and clients. We are protesting peacefully. The private guards of the Bar are taking care of the security today,” he said.

RK Wadhwa, chairman of New Delhi Bar Association, said litigants have been allowed inside and proxy counsel are appearing at Patiala House court. “We have not stopped the police from entering the court’s premises and do their duty. They are not coming for their own reasons,” he said.

Jaiveer Singh Chauhan, secretary of Delhi Bar Association at Tis Hazari court, said the Bar is handling the security of the court’s premises. “Lawyers are doing the security checks of the people entering the court. All are welcome. Situation is peaceful here,” he said.

Advocate Sanjeev Kumar Ojha, who was part of the protest at Rohini court, said litigants were visiting but they were few in number.