Chandigarh lawyers to discuss court order sending colleague to mental asylum


Chandigarh : The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss the court's action of ordering a local lawyer to be sent to a mental asylum.

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Justice Uma Nath Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday controversially ordered that lawyer Tahar Singh be taken into custody by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and directed the agency to admit him to a mental asylum in Agra.

Tahar, who had in recent months taken up cudgels in the high court against the conduct of certain judges, was picked up by the CBI a couple of hours later Monday evening.

Bar association president Anmol Rattan Sidhu and Chandigarh's government standing counsel Anupam Gupta said the high court action in sending the lawyer to a mental hospital was unwarranted and unprovoked.

Agitated lawyers of the high court's bar association led a vociferous demonstration in front of the CBI office here, forcing high court Chief Justice Vijendra Kumar Jain to Monday constitute a late night division bench comprising Justices M.M. Kumar and Surya Kant to stay Justice Singh's order.

The CBI team taking the lawyer to the mental hospital in Agra was recalled from Delhi by the high court.

Tahar had recently also been booked by the local police after his wife accused him of cruelty and criminal intimidation. But after the high court order sending him to the mental hospital, his wife Sujata Sharma changed her tone to claim that she had never said that he was insane.