In Delhi a Metropolitan Magistrate posted at Patiala House Courts Complex had to write to the Delhi High Court that he was “threatened” and “locked” inside his courtroom by a group of unruly lawyers.
The incident took place when he was hearing a case filed by the daughter-in-law of one of the Lawyers practicing in Delhi.
Aashish Gupta Metropolitan Magistrate wrote to the Registrar General of Delhi HC stating that members of the Bar even “prevented him” from holding the Court on December 23 (when he was actually locked in a courtroom), and that around “50-60 lawyers collected” and began creating “a ruckus” outside his Court.
In his letter to Delhi HC the Judge said that he may bring on record that the act of the Bar Members of preventing him from holding of court and the manner in which they acted on December 21 was extremely threatening and has shaken him to the core as he was not allowed to hold the court and attend to other cases listed before him.
Lawyers indulged in sloganeering and the staff and the litigants were stopped from entering his court made it impossible for him to hold the court till about 12 pm.
He felt threatened for his safety, Judge told the HC.
A the time of incident the court was hearing a matter related to an FIR being registered at Delhi Cantonment police station.
Secretary of the New Delhi Bar Association, Neeraj said that they only told the the Judge that once he had recorded the statement of the accused, he cannot hear the matter as he became a witness in the case but the Judge continued to hear the matter and for this reason Bar boycotted the court on December 23 and complained to the district judge.
The note of the Judge says that the atmosphere in the court was so extremely sensitive and lawyers were getting aggressive and raising raise their voice the Judge had to go to some other chamber before the situation got out of hand.
On account of this incident other Judges of the Patiala House Courts Complex have also written to the Sh. Amar Nath District and Sessions Judge, New Delhi district, to take action against all the “errant members of the bar”.
They highlighted that “Such like incident adversely affect the safety, security and morale of judicial officers.