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Hazare fast turns Delhi into no-go zonesHazare fast turns Delhi into no-go zonesExclusive: Delhi senior advocate Maninder Singh said he would take legal action against the Delhi police, which detained him at a police station yesterday alleging that he was a supporter of anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare. Police released him two hours later after intervention from a court registrar and other advocates who proved that Singh was not connected to the protests and was making his way to argue before a tribunal, where proceedings had to be abandoned.

Singh of Singh & Singh Advocates was taken to Channakyapuri Police Station at around 4:30 pm yesterday (25 August), as he was walking on foot to argue a matter in the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) after police prevented him from parking his car near the tribunal due to the barricades they had erected to prevent Hazare supporters protesting near the prime minister’s residence in Delhi.

Singh told Legally India: “I was not part of any such agitation – the court is behind the office of the prime minister. Because they did not allow my car, so I was walking down.”

“I will take some action against them [the Delhi police],” Singh added, noting that he had two or three different available remedies, including initiating criminal contempt proceedings “if you cause obstruction in the administration of justice or prohibited me from attending to my duties”.

Singh called advocate on record Navin Chawla who was set to appear in the same TDSAT matter, who then petitioned the tribunal’s chairman and former Supreme Court judge SB Sinha that all proceedings before the TDSAT should be halted and postponed to avoid a similar incident recurring.

The tribunal’s registrar, Chawla and other advocates then went to the police station where they persuaded the police that Singh was not connected to the Anna Hazare protests.

Photo by Ramesh Lalwani

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+1 -0 saurabh 2011-08-26 20:06
ha ha

but the police is at best apologize for this. may be just regret this as an inadverdent error.

dont think there is anything else to the whole thing. Except perhaps a very agitated (brilliant) legal mind.
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+3 -0 funny 2011-08-26 22:40
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! Poor Mr Singh. I wish this happened to one of those arrogant lawyers who treat juniors like crap. They would have shown their temper in the police station and the cops would have beaten them with a lathi and said "chup kar baith saale. angrezi dikhata hain!"
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+1 -0 corruption rocks 2011-08-26 22:57
Can the police also be sued for the tort of false imprisonment? Would appreciate comments.

I think there are interesting legal isues here like a moot problem. The police can also argue that they did not know he was a lawyer and it was reasonable to assume he was a protestor.
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+1 -0 Observer 2011-08-26 23:12
I think this is the best example as to how the police and the bureaucracy in India apply their minds. Such acts of gross non-application of mind is common amongst police and officers in the administration and needs to be dealt with appropriately to set a precedent.
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+1 -0 suggestion 2011-08-27 11:42
Instead of filing a case to avenge what was done to him Mr Singh should instead do the nation a favour and join Anna's campaign. The legal profession in India is filled with corruption, from law firms to advocates and from clerks to judges.
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+2 -0 cc 2011-08-27 22:59
"Do the nation a favour"? you're sitting and writing comments on a legal news website and giving gyaan to others?
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+0 -0 Adv.Vivek. 2011-08-27 11:52
This incident just goes on to show how frustrated and desperate the Delhi Police has become in its attempt to obey the Orders of the Government and to contain the Anna Hazare revolution.
Administration of Justice is also getting affected due to this.
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+0 -0 man 2011-08-27 22:45
Agree with Vivek. Congress will be comprehensively voted out in 2014. Bunch of *******s.
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+0 -0 ??? 2011-08-27 23:06
does this mean..........advocates support corruption?
they cannot join with Hazare's fight?
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+0 -0 Anonymous 2011-08-29 15:03
There nothing in your news item about what the police have to say. Shouldn't their version be heard too before passing judgements?
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