12 lawyers held for vandalism on court premises in Odisha’s Sambalpur

by Dikhyaa Mohanty
  1. As many as 12 lawyers of the Sambalpur Bar Association were arrested by Sambalpur Police for alleged vandalism at the district judge’s chamber in Odisha on Monday. The accused were demanding the setting up of a High Court bench in the district.

The Bar Council of India has reportedly suspended the license of 29 agitating lawyers for 18 months.

Sambalpur Superintendent of Police B Gangadhar said three cases were filed at the Town Police station following the incident which involved damaging court properties.

“So far, we have arrested 12 persons for vandalism at the district judge’s chamber, nine of them were forwarded to the court and subsequently remanded in judicial custody,” said Gangadhar. “More people will be arrested after scanning the CCTV,” he added.

To maintain law and order in the area, Section 144 of CrPC has been clamped at Kacheri Chhak. Strict action would be taken against those who enter within 200 metres of the prohibited area.


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