Court to hear plea against lawyers for assaulting people from northeast

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday said it would hear a plea seeking initiation of criminal contempt proceedings against two Delhi lawyers who allegedly abused and assaulted people from the northeast inside the Tis Hazari court premises in May.

Advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for the alleged victims, told a division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw that the northeast people who had gone to the Tis Hazari court May 23 for recording a statement in a molestation case, also concerning a woman from the northeast, were abused and assaulted by some lawyers inside the courtroom.

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The high court said it would hear the contempt plea July 16.

The bench is already hearing a suo motu cognizance taken by it on media reports about the death of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania and issued certain directions on the safety and security of northeast people.

The woman from the northeast was allegedly molested on the night of May 22 outside the Vishwa Vidyalaya Metro station by an advocate. On May 23, she went to the Tis Hazari court with her friends and a lawyer for recording her statement.

The contempt plea said the lawyers, who had gathered inside the courtroom in support of their accused colleague, hurled abuses at the woman and her supporters and later assaulted some of them.