Blast was to paralyse judicial work: Delhi HC CJ
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 08, 2011, 20:40
New Delhi: The blast at Delhi High Court that left 12 people dead was intended to "paralyse" its functioning, Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Thursday said as the legal fraternity condoled the loss of lives in the bombing.

"The incident intended to paralyse the functioning of the high court that dispenses justice without fear or favour but because of the total solidarity of learned and courageous members of the Bar and my esteemed colleagues the court work functioned at 2.15 pm," Justice Misra said.

The full court reference, attended by all the judges of the high court and lawyers, was held to condole death of blast victims.

The chief justice termed the incident as "one of the saddest day in the human history".

"To combat and defeat the endeavours of the malcontents to disturb the smooth functioning of the high court and other public institutions, it was decided to continue to work undeterred," he said and lauded lawyers and litigants for helping the bench in holding courts.

Additional Solicitor General and President of the Delhi High Court Bar Association A S Chandhiok, who was also seen helping the victims, said it was not only an attack on judiciary but a direct attack on a national institution.

"About the incident, there was a remark that it was a follow up of a dry-run that took place on May 25 and probably we learnt no lesson from that... Indeed we lack the ability to learn from experience of others and our own or render such instances the seriousness they deserve...," Chandhiok said.

The judges, lawyers and others also observed two minutes of silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls.


First Published: Thursday, September 08, 2011, 20:40

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