JORHAT, July 18: Advocates of Jorhat Bar Association (JBA) on Thursday staged a protest by wearing black badges against alleged intimidation and attempt to kidnap a lawyer by a group of criminals accompanied by a police Sub-Inspector in front of the Titabar sub-divisional judicial magistrate court on July 13.
The protest was staged on Thursday after the JBA held an emergent meeting on Wednesday to discuss the matter and to send memoranda to the chief minister, chief justice of Gauhati High Court, chief secretary, DGP, additional chief secretary (home and political department), district and sessions judge and chief judicial magistrate, Jorhat, seeking their intervention for taking necessary action against the guilty.
Speaking to media-persons at the JBA office here JBA secretary Dip Ranjan Gogoi and other advocates alleged that Dipak Prasad, the advocate had gone to file bail petitions for two of his clients arrested by police in a case registered at the Mariani Police Station, when he was forcibly stopped by four men and a police sub-inspector identified as Jyoti Prasad Das in front of the gate of the sub-divisional judicial magistrate’s court in Titabar.
Prasad too was present during the addressing of the media-persons by the JBA president and his colleagues.
Prasad who was on his motorbike was about to enter the court premises to file a bail plea for his clients, Nizam Ahmed and Nazra Ahmed, a woman – who were to be produced in the court on that particular day when he was waylaid by a Maruti van.
A group of four persons along with sub-inspector Das in uniform emerged out of the vehicle and forcibly stopped Prasad, alleged Gogoi.
The group reportedly questioned Prasad about the whereabouts of another accused Asif Ahmed, who was another client of Prasad, in the case in which the two persons Nizam and Nazra were arrested.
The group also reportedly asked Prasad to withdraw from the said case. Prasad had told the group that he was a lawyer and showed his identity card and said that as per provisions of the law (Indian Evidence Act) the communications between an advocate and his client or his client’s whereabouts could not be asked.
Gogoi alleged that after Prasad’s refusal to talk about his third client, the group of men along with Das, who was the investigating officer of the particular case, snatched the bail plea papers and vakalatnama and tore apart the documents and tried to drag the lawyer (Prasad) to the van and abduct him.
Gogoi said that as Prasad resisted the kidnap bid and shouted for help the group of men then left him and fled in the van.