Special Correspondent

Demand for suspension of cops for allegedly assaulting advocate

JAIPUR: The striking lawyers in Sikar over the weekend decided to continue the indefinite boycott of the courts in the district till the State Government meets their demands. A meeting of the presidents and secretaries of all district Bar Associations and members of the Rajasthan Bar Council held there announced a "gherao" of the Rajasthan Assembly by the lawyers on March 7 if a settlement to the agitation, provoked by the alleged manhandling of an advocate by police in the district court premises, is not reached by then.

The lawyers' meeting, presided over by Bhawani Singh Shekhawat, chairman, Rajasthan Bar Council, resolved to commence dharnas in front of all the district courts from March 1. A State-level agitation committee would be set up to carry on the agitation.

The lawyers' representatives would try to meet Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, informed Surendra Kulhari, president, Sikar Bar Association speaking on phone. Karni Ola, president, Rajasthan High Court Bar Association and Subhash Khandelwal, general secretary, Bar Association, Jaipur, also addressed the meeting.

The lawyers are demanding the suspension of two constables, including Om Singh, who had allegedly beaten advocate Ramswaroop in the court premises on February 10, leading to a commotion. The fraternity, which alleges misbehaviour from the senior police personnel thereafter is also demanding the transfer of the Superintendent of Police, L.N.Meena and Deputy SP, Devendra Sharma and withdrawal of the cases filed against some 60 odd lawyers.

Apart from causing considerable hardship to the local litigants and those who seek affidavits and certificates, including students appearing for examinations, the lawyers' defiant stand has provoked the ire of the Government employees who are seemingly sympathetic to the police personnel.

"We want justice to be done to the constables. One of them has fracture after he was beaten severely by the advocates," Ladhuram Dhaka, the district vice president of the All Rajasthan Employees Confederation, said. The guilt complex was driving the advocates' to overreact to the situation, he alleged.