Business as usual for Delhi High Court hours after blast

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Delhi Blast 2011
New Delhi, Sept 7: Sending a strong message to the perpetrators of terror in the Delhi High Court premises on Wednesday morning, the Delhi High Court resumed functions as usual. It has to be remembered the blast occurred at somewhere around 10:17 am and with the police conducting parallel investigations in the vicinity, the lawyers decided to resume business as usual.

Several benches of the Supreme Court have also resumed routine activities. With the second such incident in the High Court premises in the last 4 months, the lawyers have showed their resilience in the face of adversity. It has been reported that many of those killed in the blasts were lawyers and others in the judicial fraternity. It has been reported that former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium urged a bench of justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma to adjourn the day's proceedings with other advocates pleading with the Chief Justice S H Kapadia to adjourn proceedings temporarily.

Justice Bhandari expressed shock and grief at the turn of events. The proceedings before the bench of justices G S Singhvi and H L Dattu were temporarily adjourned. Senior counsel Ram Jethmalani who was arguing the 2G case announced news of the blast in court.

In spite of the terror strike, the High Court resumed operation post-lunch. In the event of any lawyer or litigant not appearing in a particular case, the court have assured that no adverse action will be taken against them. A Delhi Bar Council member said that the court was back to business "to send a strong message that it will not come under pressure or be cowed down by such acts of terror".

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