On Monday, the Odisha Police began taking action against some of the protesting lawyers who reportedly vandalized a district judge’s office during a demonstration in Sambalpur district.
The police arrested twelve lawyers yesterday. After their bail pleas were denied, nine of them are taken to jail.
B Gangadhar, the superintendent of police (SP) in Sambalpur, stated that others involved in the incident will be apprehended after reviewing CCTV footage.
Section 144 of CrPC has been clamped at Kacheri Chhak, the protest site, to maintain law and order and action will be taken if anyone enters a 200 metres radius of the prohibited area, sources said.
Monday, the Bar Council of India suspended the licences of many lawyers in response to “acts of vandalism and unrest” by protesting lawyers of Sambalpur District Bar Association.
The Council has reportedly suspended the licences of 29 advocates for a period of 18 months, effective immediately.
The lawyers vandalised the Court premises in protest of the demand for the establishment of an Orissa High Court Permanent Bench in Sambalpur. In light of the vandalism, the Supreme Court ordered the Odisha government and State Police to take strong action against the protesting lawyers yesterday.