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Do you approve this Bar’s decision of not defending Boy arrested for cheering Pak Cricket Team?

June 25, 2017

His kin fears that he will remain in jail for a long time if nobody fights his case.

Boy arrested for cheering Pak Cricket Team                  Pic by thequint.com

Lawyers in Roorkee, Laksar have “unanimously” decided not to appear in court for a youth who’s arrested on Friday for writing on his Facebook page a congratulatory message praising Pakistan for winning ICC Champions Trophy.

Swatantra Kumar, Laksar Advocates’ Association president while announcing this decision taken at a meeting, said that “Shadab Hasan’s act was anti-national, ∴ all the lawyers in the town have decided that they’ll not appear on his behalf in the court.”

Shadab’s kin are in panic, after the lawyers’ move. “There’s fear of him going to jail for a long time, if nobody fights his case,” said a cousin of his who didn’t want his name to be revealed.

“There’s also danger outside as volunteers of a Hindu right wing group have strongly condemned his act; he may be attacked.”

Shadab Hasan’s uncle Mehboob Hasan said that “In absence of a private pleader, we’ll urge the court for a public prosecutor. But, unfortunately, we aren’t in hurry for his bail, since we fear that he may be attacked after his release. We’ll try for his bail after Eid when the dust is settled. I hope good sense’ll prevail upon our people by then.”

Police arrested & booked Shadab Hasan, 23, who runs a dry cleaning shop in Laksar, following a complaint of Mohit Verma, a member of the local traders’ association, under the Section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups) of the IPC(Indian Penal Code).

Shadab Hasan was produced before the additional chief judicial magistrate, on Saturday, who sent him to 14 days judicial custody. After Pakistan routed India in the finals Shadab allegedly not only wrote congratulatory message for the Pakistani team but also posted some “objectionable comments” on his Facebook account.

The complainant- Mohit Verma, a jeweller, said that “I want him to learn a lesson so that he or other people of his community don’t repeat such acts in future.”

Kumar added “Since his act damages the reputation & respect of India, we’ll not appear for him in the court.”

Hailing the lawyers’ decision, Navin Chandra Semwal, inspector at Laksar police station, said that “The accused is a graduate & of sound mind who runs a business. Thus, what he’d done was a deliberate action, the decision of the lawyers is certainly a welcome move.”

Source - PTI

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