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High drama prevailed outside the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday when a police constable and an advocate entered into an altercation. In the ensuing scuffle, a group of advocates allegedly beat the head constable on duty.
The incident happened in the morning over the entry to the parking of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the basis of smart cards. The smart card automatically gives way to advocates of the court. Rupinder Khosla, an advocate and former additional advocate general who had also served as president of the Bar Council, was not able to produce his card.
Sapan Dhir, the vice-president of the High Court Bar Association, said Khosla told the head constable that he had submitted his smart card for a correction. Instead, Khosla showed the head constable his bar council membership card. But the constable still did not allow him to enter. The two got into a heated argument following which the constable slapped the advocate.
In retaliation, a group of advocates gathered and started beating the constable. The area SHO and DSP (Central) Ashish Kapoor rushed to the spot. The advocates gathered there alleged that the constable was in an inebriated state.
Following the allegation, the head constable was taken to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, for a medical examination. Although preliminary reports did not show signs of alcohol, the blood and urine samples of the head constable were sent to CFSL.
The HC advocates suspended work soon after the incident and a general house meet was conducted. Later in the evening, the office-bearers of the High Court Bar Association, at a meeting with Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri, decided to defer the process of using smart cards for entering the court for two weeks.
Moreover, they also assured that under the guidance of Justice T P S Mann, modalities would be worked out to ensure smooth implementation of smart cards. UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar, DIG Alok Kumar and DSP Ashish Kapoor were also present.