Supreme Court of India | Photo: Mathrubhumi
There have been occasion when law students indulge in vandalism but not allowed when they become lawyers wearing robes. That is vandalism to be dealt with iron hands as it is social injustice.
The Supreme Court was so serious when witnessing the videos of vandalism on Sambalpur district court premises of Odissa by protesting lawyers.
Lawyers demanded a bench of high court in Sambalpur. Protests turned violent and they indulged in vandalism and ransacked the court premises. When the issue came up before the Supreme Court, there was a direction to the Government for stringent action. But it failed.
The SC said that the police shall not show any mercy to the protesters. Take them under custody and act in accordance with law. Even the entire court premises were ransacked. The district court is not functioning. It is such a shocking situation, observed SC.
Even if 1000 lawyers have to be arrested, it has to be done. The police have failed to take stringent action. If needed, we can call paramilitary forces, the court said.
In such a serious situation we will not sanction the bench in Sambalpur, the court said.
The SC will hear the police stand on Wednesday.