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Public prosecutors in Delhi protest Kejriwal order to attend winter vacation training

Delhi Public Prosecutors will likely not give up their 24 December to 1 January vacation on the “last minute” order of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal reported The Indian Express.

Prosecutors in Delhi have protested the directive in a letter to the director of prosecution.

The director of prosecution of Delhi, Pankaj Sanghi had issued the order on 15 December which states: “The honourable chief minister has desired that a training programme/workshop on the functioning and working of all the Prosecuting Officers is likely to be held between 24.12.2015 to 3.1.2016 during the winter vacation of the court.”

The order also warns that action will be taken against defaulters.

However as per the orders of the Delhi high court, 26 to 31 December is the winter vacation for criminal courts while 24 and 25 December are gazetted holidays.

The Delhi Prosecutor’s Welfare Association (DPWA) through their president Gaurav Singh have requested Sanghi to ask the chief minister to change the dates of training program.

In their letter, DPWA quotes the order of the Delhi administrator issued in 1978, which states that the prosecution department in Delhi “will observe holidays as notified by the Honorable High Court,” it was reported.

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