Bengaluru, Feb 18: The Supreme Court is seized off a matter relating to the violence that took place at the Patiala House Court in Delhi where the case relating to Kanaihya Kumar, the JNU student leader is being heard.
Despite several restrictions imposed by the Supreme Court, there was violence at the court yesterday.
Will the Supreme Court shift the case out of the Patiala House court? If such an order is passed it would border on desperation and also indicate the failure of the machinery which cannot guarantee security in a court premises.
However, the other issue is with regard to the police as it is their duty to ensure security at the courts.
It is a catch-22 situation.
The Supreme Court and the police will both not reign in the trouble making advocates and this has to do with a case that relates to the violence that took place at a court in Bengaluru on March 2 2012.
Following this incident and the subsequent investigation, the police across the country chose not to interfere too much with the advocates.
Police averse to acting against advocates:
In the month of March 2012 a major scuffle broke out between journalists, advocates and the police. The problem began when advocates objected to journalists taking pictures of mining baron Janardhan Reddy. When journalists protested a major scuffle broke out and violent scenes were witnessed in which 60 were injured.
The government had ordered a probe by the special investigating team. This was challenged by the advocates who alleged bias. The advocates went up to the Supreme Court which directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe into the matter.
The CBI registered cases against journalists, advocates and also police personnel.
The police were however unhappy with the manner in which this case was handled. A few officers were named in the chargesheet and this was challenged.
The police argued that they could be blamed for excesses as they were only controlling the mob. Booking the police was not fair as they did their job in trying to controlling the violence which was going out of control.
Let judiciary handle the advocates
The police have found the handling of the Bengaluru case extremely unfair. Ever since this incident, the police across the country shy away from trying to control advocates. They feel that the Supreme Court never reigns in on the advocates.
Moreover, if the police trying controlling a group of advocates indulging in violence, they are more likely to get punished as the judiciary always stands as one.
The administration of a local court is under the High Court. In the case of the Patiala House court it is the Delhi High Court which has the administrative control.
Police officials say let either the Supreme Court or the administrative court control the advocates. We are clueless as to what we need to do and if we have to resort to a lathi charge which is the last resort then a host of cases are filed against us.
Looking at this scenario, it becomes amply clear that the police want the courts to take action against the advocates. The million dollar question is will courts act against advocates? The answer may just be no.