Delhi HC for ensuring safety and security in courts

Delhi HC for ensuring safety and security in courts
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One-liner: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said it will pass directions to ensure safety and security in courts which will remain in force till April 18.

Sept 24 shootout: A bench, headed by Chief Justice D N Patel, was hearing its suo motu (action taken by a court of its own accord) case concerning the Sept 24 shootout which killed three people in a courtroom at Rohini Court.

  • It stated that it would incorporate as directions its earlier suggestions on strictly regulating ingress into judicial complexes by deploying an appropriate number of personnel and devices based on a security audit
  • The court also asked the Delhi HC Bar Association (DHCBA) to ensure that it issues passes for entry of cars belonging to its members inside the HC premises

Slew of directions: On Nov 8, the court had said that it expected full cooperation of the Delhi govt, city police and lawyers in matters of safety and security in courts and suggested a slew of directions that could be issued.

  • The court had also suggested placing all court complexes under round-the-clock CCTV monitoring, issuing stickers to vehicles that may be permitted inside a court complex and measures to tackle crowd
  • The court had further said that the Bar Council of Delhi should devise a mechanism to issue non-transferable identity cards having a QR-code or a chip to lawyers

Background: Jailed gangster Jitendra Gogi and his two assailants posing as lawyers were killed inside the Rohini courtroom on Sept 24 in a dramatic shootout that also saw the police fire bullets in retaliation.

CJI voices concern: On Sept 24, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana had expressed deep concern over the shootout inside Rohini courtroom and spoke to the Delhi HC Chief Justice and advised him to ensure security in courts. 

Source: PTI

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