The shocking incident, involved the police allegedly assaulting a lawyer for not wearing a helmet while riding a two-wheeler. This occurrence prompted numerous lawyers to gather in protest outside the police station where the assault transpired.
Responding to the situation, the Advocate Association of Bengaluru raised concerns about the incident, leading the High Court to take suo motu cognizance of the matter and initiate proceedings.
The High Court bench, comprising Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale and Justice Krishna S Dixit, took a stern stance on the issue. While expressing its deep dismay over the assault, the bench also cautioned lawyers against extreme actions like abstaining from court proceedings. It assured them of continuous monitoring and handling of the case.
During the hearing, the court highlighted the gravity of the incident, which resulted in the suspension of six police officers from the Chikkamagaluru Town Police Station. These officers included an assistant sub-inspector, four constables, and one sub-inspector. The court acknowledged the submission made by the Advocate General, who provided detailed information about the action taken by the police department, mentioning that these officers were suspended by an office order dated December 1.
Furthermore, the court directed that the investigation into this serious matter be conducted under the oversight of Shailendra H M, Deputy Superintendent of Police in the Chikkamagaluru Sub-Division.
Additionally, the High Court sought clarity from the state government regarding its commitment to enact legislation safeguarding lawyers from such violence. The Advocate General assured the court that the state government was deliberating on the issue and informed the court that a bill for the protection of lawyers was pending before the Legislative Assembly.
The incident and subsequent actions underscore the importance of upholding the rule of law, especially concerning the protection of individuals’ rights and the responsibility of law enforcement authorities in maintaining order while respecting civil liberties.
Such judicial interventions reinforce the principle that no one is above the law and that necessary steps must be taken to ensure the safety and security of citizens, including those belonging to the legal fraternity.