New Delhi: The legal fraternity on Sunday
expressed anger and indignation over the attack on advocate
Prashant Bhushan in his Supreme Court chamber by two suspected
Sriram Sene activists.
"Nobody has the right to take law in his hands or attack a
person for his opinion on any issue," said the Supreme Court
Bar Association (SCBA) Secretary General K C Kaushik,
deploring the attack.
"He is not only an advocate but also a citizen of
India and as a citizen of this country, he has the right to
voice his opinion," said Kaushik.
"This attack is serious as Prashant is a member of the Bar
and even more serious as the attack took place inside the
chamber block (housing the lawyers chambers)," he said.
Kaushik said the SCBA had taken up the matter of general
security with the authorities concerned even after the
September 7 blast in the Delhi High Court premises and had
raised the demands of CCTVs in the lawyers chamber section and
an increased police force outside chambers.
The Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) also reacted
sharply to the incident
DHCBA President A S Chandiok said, "We condemn the attack
The Co-ordination Committee of all Bar Association of
Delhi has called a meeting tomorrow to discuss the attack on
the noted lawyer, who has taken up various public interest
cases and is a key member of Anna Hazare team spearheading an
Rajiv Khosla, the spokesperson for Committee, said it was
a "very serious matter".
"If the attack is related to his being a part of team
Anna, it is even more serious as it shows it was an attack on
all those who are up against corruption.
"Even if it is not related to his being a part of team
Anna, it is serious as it has taken place inside the chamber
block. It means, whosoever is defending somebody, can be
attacked just like that," he said.
Bhushan was attacked by two youths purportedly over
his advocacy of plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir.