High Court lawyers protest Delhi blast

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IMPHAL Sept 8: Condemning the bomb blast at gate number 5 of Delhi High Court yesterday in which twelve persons were killed and several others were injured, the members of High Court Bar Association, (HCBA), Manipur abstained from court works today.

Speaking to media persons at the office of the association at Gauhati High Court Complex, senior advocate and president of the lawyers’ body N Kumarjit stated that such wanton acts of terror should be condemned. The demand of the terrorist group Harkat-ul-Jehadi-Islami (HUJI) which perpetrated the bombing to revoke the death sentence of one of their cadres, namely Afzal Guru is unreasonable and unjust.

“The Judicial system cannot discriminate between people. Let the person be a minister or a beggar, rights of the citizens from all walks of life are redressed. The court gives its verdict by deliberating cases through trials and such an act of terror on the judiciary is an intolerably grave act and a barbaric one’, he averred.

He added that bomb threats have been witnessed inside the GHC, Manipur twice.

“We will make representations to the Chief Justice of the GHC and concerned state authorities to provide adequate security arrangements for the court also”.

He mentioned that it was due to the security measures carried out before entering the Delhi High Court that the terrorists could not detonate the bomb inside court premises.

Executive member of HCBA, advocate Khaidem Mani also added that the act carried out to the judicial institution is a gross act of terrorism and should be condemned in the highest.

“We share the sorrow of family members of the deceased persons and those injured.As a token of condemnation, we did not attend court proceedings after a meeting resolve of the HCBA today morning”.

The press conference was also joined by vice president Ch Dhananjoy,secretary M Roshini Piba and joint secretary H Genanda of the HCBA, Manipur.

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