HC seeks reports on clash, lawyers launch cease-work strike to protest police action
Kolkata: Calcutta High Court on Thursday sought judicial and administrative reports on the lawyers' scuffle with police which took place at the Howrah court on Wednesday.
Lawyers across the state launched a cease-work strike to protest against the police action during the Howrah incident.
Later in the day, the state Bar association at Calcutta High Court called a meeting and it was decided that pen down movement would continue until action is taken against the police personnel.
The division bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Nair Radhakrishnan issued orders to submit the reports by Monday.
Lawyer Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya mentioned about the incident before the Chief Justice and appealed him
to take suo motu cognizance of the same to which he agreed.
Following issuing the order to submit reports on the incident, the Chief Justice said an attack on the judicial system would not be tolerated. The High Court will take action in this regard.
On Wednesday, a major clash took place between the lawyers and staff of Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) over vehicle parking at Howrah Court area.
The lawyers had allegedly attacked cops with bricks during the fight with Howrah Municipal Corporation employees.
Around 10 am, when a lawyer parked his bike at the HMC's free parking area, an employee of HMC asked
him not to park his vehicle there. This led to a fight between the two and the argument further heated up when some lawyers and law clerks joined them and allegedly assaulted the HMC staff and a security personnel.
Within minutes more civic body staff members joined and a clash ensued between both the parties.
It was alleged that bricks were hurled during the incident. The police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.
Later around 5 pm, when some mediapersons and HMC staff were moving out of the HMC, the lawyers allegedly assaulted them.
Some lawyers allegedly hurled bricks at them which hit some police personnel who were duty. Having no other option, the police resorted to lathi-charge. The situation took an ugly turn when the lawyers retaliated and attacked the police personnel. To disperse the violent mob, the police fired a few tear gas shells on the Howrah court premises.