Bar Council of India has written a letter to the Chief Justice of India and Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court seeking strict action against the police guilty in the brutal attack on an Etah advocate and his family.
BCI stated in its letter, “The UP police has crossed all limits of atrocities and similar incidents were witnessed in West Bengal, Bihar and from other parts of the country. Such action of the police is rather worse than the crime committed by any hardened criminal.”
“The act of police of Uttar Pradesh is shocking, it cannot be expected from the protectors of Law and Order. The brutality clearly shows that the police personnel of Etah were acting with some planning with some ulterior motive,” said a press release from BCI.
“The Council, thus, resolves to request Chief Justice of India and Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court to take immediate steps to find out the guilty police personnel and issue a direction to the UP government to immediately put them under suspension, transfer them and remove them from service,” it further stated.
The apex bar body has warned that such incidents cannot be tolerated anymore and if the judiciary and the government ignore such atrocities on lawyers, or even on common man, the Bar will have no option except to come on roads.
BCI has also resolved to write to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to look in to the matter and take strict action. “The Council is going to convene a joint meeting of representatives of all the State Bar Councils through Video-Conferencing to decide the future course of action within 3-4 days,” it said.
Meanwhile, Allahabad High Court Bar Association has also written a letter to Chief Justice to take suo motu cognizance of the incident and announce appropriate orders.
“The way the lawyer and his family members were brutally beaten up by the administration and the police, the advocate community is experiencing a sad feeling and it seems that the advocate community is the most neglected community of all,” said the letter issued Mr. Prabha Shankar Mishra, General Secretary, High Court Bar Association, Allahabad.
The letter further stated, “The manner in which the constitutional decorum was vitiated, we are ashamed to call ourselves an advocate.”
Recently a video went viral on the internet where UP police can be seen dragging a lawyer from his house after breaking his door. The police can be seen thrashing him brutally. Many lawyers in Uttar Pradesh remained on strike on Saturday expressing their anger against the incident and seeking strict action against the guilty.