HC lawyers refuse to represent cops
CUTTACK: The alleged assault on a judicial magistrate by a police officer at Rourkela took a new twist on Monday, with the members of high court bar association refusing to take up the case of Orissa Police Association and Orissa Havildar, Constable and Sepoys’ Confederation in the high court.
In its hearing to a PIL, seeking probe in the matter and demanding stringent action against the erring police officer, the high court on April 9 directed the warring organizations — Orissa Police Association and Orissa Havildar, Constable, Sepoys’ Confederation, Orissa Judicial Officers Association and Orissa High Court Bar Association to file counters in the matter on Monday. But since no lawyer agreed to take up the matter, the secretaries of the respective police and constable association had to submit their affidavit to the court in person.
In the affidavit, the police associations had mentioned that they have approached many lawyers to take up their case in the court. But all of them had refused. So they were forced to file the affidavit themselves. “We informed the court that no lawyers were ready to argue the case in our favour. So, the court has granted us one week’s time to appoint a lawyer for ourselves,” said Sunil Mohanty, secretary of Orissa Police association.
Meanwhile, the Orissa judicial officers’ association and the Orissa High Court Bar Association had submitted their reply in the matter. “The police associations had pleaded in court to allot a lawyer to them since no one was ready to represent them in the case. However, the court declined and granted them one week’s time to appoint a lawyer for themselves. The matter will be heard next week,” said petitioner and lawyer Dayanidhi Lenka.