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The Foul Breath Of The Law

The Foul Breath Of The Law

Allegations of a casteist insult are at the centre of an ugly row between the bar and the bench

The Foul Breath Of The Law Jitender Gupta

This summer the bylanes around the Faridabad district court are unusually abuzz. Despite the courts being in recess, the simmering differences between the bench and the bar have been virtually on everyone's lips in this Haryana town. About 600 practising lawyers of the district bar association are on the boil, accusing the judges of despotism and vindictiveness.

The tension, which had been brewing for the past few months, reached a flashpoint in January when seven lawyers were arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a judicial magistrate. The case against the lawyers is that they, led by bar association president O.P. Sharma, barged into the courtroom of judicial magistrate Chander Hass, hurled expletives at him and shouted "Chandu Chamar murdabad".

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