'Nobody can clap with one hand': SC, speaking on Tis Hazari clash, blames both lawyers and policemen

A bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph made the remark came after Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said the situation at the Tis Hazari court aggravated after the police's 'brutality' on lawyers

Press Trust of India November 08, 2019 20:36:32 IST
'Nobody can clap with one hand': SC, speaking on Tis Hazari clash, blames both lawyers and policemen
  • The SC said strike by lawyers to protest the Tis Hazari clash was not the solution

  • A bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph made the remark

  • The apex court was critical of the lawyers' strikes that is affecting judicial work

New Delhi The Supreme Court said on Friday that there were problems from both sides and the strike by lawyers to protest against the clash at a Delhi court last week was not the solution to deal with such instances. "Sometimes our silence is good enough. It is better if we don't say anything," the court said."There were problems from both sides. Nobody can clap with one hand. We should not speak much on the issue."

Nobody can clap with one hand SC speaking on Tis Hazari clash blames both lawyers and policemen

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A bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph made the remark came after Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said the situation at the Tis Hazari court aggravated after the police's "brutality" on lawyers. The apex court was critical of the lawyers' strikes that is affecting judicial work in the high courts and trial courts, saying there were even weird reasons like temperature touching 45 degrees Celsius when advocates abstain from work.

A parking dispute between an on-duty policeman and a lawyer triggered the clash between the two sides at the Tis Hazari court complex last Saturday, leaving 20 security personnel and several advocates injured. Lawyers in all six district courts in Delhi have stayed away from work ever since to protest against the clash.

The top court said the strike by the lawyers was not the solution to deal with such instances and there were other legal remedies available.
The BCI assured the top court that the situation in the Delhi district courts would return to normalcy that in a day or two. The bench was hearing a case pertaining to a lawyers' strike in the Orissa High Court and trial courts over the appointment of judges.

It sought assistance of Attorney General KK Venugopal, BCI, high court bar association and the Bar Council of Odisha on the issue.
The top court also showed concern over the delay in accepting the recommendations of the collegium for appointment of judges in the high courts. It told the attorney general that the delay had also been one of the grievances of the lawyers, often resulting in agitation and strikes.
The court said there should be a time frame within which the government should clear the recommendations of the collegium.

The bench was of the view that the high courts should start the process of filling up the vacancy six months before the actual vacancy arises.
Venugopal said it would be better if the apex court collegium, in consultation with Union Law Ministry, frame suitable guidelines to avoid frequent delays in appointment of judges for high courts. The bench, however, asked the attorney general to convey the view of the court to the competent authority.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the Bar Council of Odisha, agreed that the shortage of judges at the high courts had been one of the grievances and it would be appropriate if the court fixes a time frame for the government to accept the collegium's recommendation. The top court asked the BCI chairman to proceed further with the resolution passed by the council on 26 October, in which it directed the Odisha lawyers to call off their strikes and resume work or appropriate actions would be taken.

It listed the matter for further hearing on 6 December and asked Mishra to apprise it about the status of lawyers strikes in various courts of the country.

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