Advocate in NCT of Delhi not to be stopped for Covid-19 curfew on producing Bar ID card/ other proof of being advocate. E-pass is not mandatory for them-Delhi High Court
Aggrieved by the humiliation by the Police in the treatment given and demand for productions of e-pass for movement in covid curfew period in NCT of Delhi, an advocate had filed a writ petition before the Delhi High Court under Article 226 of the Constitution.
It was the case of the advocate that the action of the Police in demanding e-pass was contrary to the curfew order dated 19.04.2021 which mandates e-pass only for two categories of personnel which do not include advocates.
The advocate specifically prayed that direction be issued to the commissioner of Police and SHO PS Dwarka North to take appropriate legal and departmental actions against a Police Sub Inspector for violating the curfew orders dated 19.04.2021 and insisting and humiliating an advocate.
Advocate in NCT Delhi not to be stopped in curfew on producing ID card
The Additional Solicitor General represented the State and stated that as per said instruction/order of Govt of NCT of Delhi, the movement of advocates is allowed during the curfew on production of valid ID Card.
As per the said order Advocates/Legal Counsels connected with the case hearings of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India/Hon’ble High Court of Delhi & District Courts of Delhi are also included under the exemption and therefore, their movement will be permitted on production of valid I card / Service ID Card/ Photo Entry Passes/ Permission Letters issued by the court administration in NCT of Delhi during Curfew period.
The ASC further assured the Court that any advocate will not be stopped by any police official on production of the I-card of the Bar.
In view of the above the Hon’ble High Court directed that no officer of any authority shall stop and humiliate any of the Advocates on production of the Bar identity card or other proof of being an advocate, failing which strict action shall be taken against the erring officer as per law.
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