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"Was Abused & Slapped", Uttar Pradesh Judge Alleges He Was Attacked By Unnao Bar Association Members, FIR Registered

Sparsh Upadhyay
27 March 2021 3:26 AM GMT
Was Abused & Slapped, Uttar Pradesh Judge Alleges He Was Assaulted By Unnao Bar Association Members, FIR Registered
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A Judge posted at Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district was allegedly attacked by members of the Unnao Bar Association on Thursday (25th March). Following the alleged incident, an FIR has been registered in connection with the matter.

On March 25 itself, the Additional District & Session Judge (Special Court, POCSO Act), Unnao, Prahlad Tandon wrote a letter to the SHO, Unnao (Kotwali Police Station) seeking the registration of FIR in the matter.

In the letter, the Judge stated that the President and General Secretary of the Bar Association along with 150-200 other lawyers barged into his Courtroom shouting slogans at around 11 am.

Further, the letter states that the mob started throwing courtroom's chairs and tables here and there and even hurled choicest abuses against the judge.

Specifically naming the President and General Secretary of the Bar Association, the letter alleges that when the Judge tried to go to his chamber, he was surrounded by the mob and was slapped, pushed and kicked and thereafter, his mobile phone was snatched and the mob continued to abuse him.

The Judge has also stated in his letter that the mob vandalized his chamber, as well as the chamber of his steno and also, broke the glasses of the window and eventually he was rescued by the Court staff.

In view of these averments, the Judge, in his letter requested the SHO to lodge a First Information Report (FIR) and initiate necessary proceedings.

Accordingly, an FIR has now been registered by the Police Station in this matter and around 100 lawyers including District Bar Association President Ram Shanker Yadav have been under sections 332, 353, 504, 506, 394, 427 of the IPC.

It may be noted that as reported in the media, the Judge on Friday (March 26) sought voluntary retirement from judicial service on personal grounds. Significantly, a copy of the letter has been forwarded sent to the registrar general, Allahabad High Court, and the District Judge, Unnao.

In related news, last week, Victim's family in Hathras Rape and Murder case had informed the Allahabad High Court that threats were extended to them, including the Counsel for the Victim's family in open Court.

Allegedly, shortly after the prosecution witness began deposing before the Presiding Officer, Special Court (SC/ST Act), Hathras on 05th March 2021, an advocate stormed into the courtroom and charged towards the applicant and the complainant counsel, shouting and issuing threats.

As per the affidavit filed before the Allahabad HC, amongst the barrage of threats extended to the complainant Advocate Seema Kushwaha, the advocate stated that in this case the complainant counsel could not represent the victim's family.

Allegedly, at the same time, a large mob, including lawyers, entered the courtroom and surrounded the applicant and the complainant's counsel in order to threaten and intimidate them.

Further, the affidavit narrated that on account of this ruckus created by the Advocate and mob which included lawyers and others, the P.Ws could not properly depose on account of fear for their life and security.

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