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NEW DELHI: Several Members of Parliament (MPs), together with CPM chief Elamaram Kareem, on Tuesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi searching for speedy motion over Delhi Police raids on advocate Mehmood Pracha‘s workplace final yr.
In the letter, the opposition leaders highlighted “a serious breach in the processes of justice by the Delhi Police.”
“A Supreme Court lawyer, Mehmood Pracha, who’s representing quite a few circumstances of communal violence victims and different circumstances involving members of the ruling social gathering on the Centre, was subjected to look and seizure by a big group of armed police personnel of the Special Cell Delhi police who barged into his workplace and carried out searches for over twelve hours,” the letter learn.
The MPs argued that the incident units a “shocking precedent”, and questioned the Centre’s authority to interrupt a main precept of justice that’s the lawyer-client confidentiality.
“The purpose was to access computers which had files of many of these sensitive cases. This sets a shocking precedent. If a lawyer is representing cases, not to the liking of the Government, has the police the right to raid the lawyer’s office and break a primary principle of justice which is the confidentiality between a lawyer and the client?” the letter added.
The letter additionally talked about that the Supreme Court Bar Association has registered a powerful protest on this context.
“The seizures of confidential information which is protected by lawyer client privilege, in a search conducted by the very police authorities who are prosecuting the lawyer’s clients, will prejudicially affect the rights and guarantees of the accused. It is illegal and contravenes all cannons of protection available to a client and his lawyers,” stated the affiliation in a decision.
The opposition leaders additional remarked robust message should exit to the Delhi Police that such lawless behaviour won’t be tolerated, and urged PM Modi to take pressing and speedy motion towards these accountable.
Pracha has submitted earlier than this court docket search was carried out at his workplace on December 24, 2020, and in line with the provisions of Section 165 CrPC, the company ought to have intimated forthwith the search and the seized articles to the involved Magistrate.
However, Pracha submitted that the identical has not been achieved and due to this fact, he has filed an software beneath part 165(5) CrPC and submitted that the whole search was videographed as per court docket order dated December 22. He submitted that he’s entitled to a replica of video footage.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police had alleged that Pracha cast paperwork and instigated a person to depose falsely in reference to a case associated to the violence in north-east Delhi in February final yr.
Pracha has been representing varied accused and complainants within the violence in north-east Delhi.
Various circumstances had been registered over the north-east Delhi violence, during which at the very least 53 folks had been killed and a number of other others had been injured.
On December 27, a court docket right here on Sunday directed Delhi Police to protect the whole video footage of the search carried out in Pracha’s home.

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