Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) files
Complaint Against Advocates
Amritsar Sahib (KP) - Prof. Jagmohan Singh, the General Secretary of
Shromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) sent a formal written complaint to the
Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana against two advocates Arvind
Thakur and Amar Singh Chahal accusing them of humiliating and
embarrassing the sister of Balwant Singh who is currently lodged in
Burail Jail, Chandigarh for his role in the assassination of former
CM Beant Sinh. The text of the written complaint is as follows:
The Chairperson Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana District Courts
Complex (New Wing) Top Floor Sector-17, Chandigarh-160087
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
write to you to file a formal complaint against two advocates,
namely Mr. Arvind Thakur and S. Amar Singh Chahal, practising in the
Chandigarh. It is within your jurisdiction to entertain and try this
complaint and entrust it to the concerned Disciplinary Committee.
2. I am filing this case as my sentiments have been deeply hurt and
gross injustice done to the concerned parties, by the grossly
malicious and fictitious utterances of the two lawyers in the cases
of Sikh youth undergoing trial in the
Special Court inside the precincts of the Model Burail Jail,
This has marred my reputation as a responsible activist. The role
and media bash of the lawyers is professional misconduct,
unprofessional conduct and in total violation of the code of conduct
of lawyers as laid down by the Advocates Act, 1961. As I have
demonstrated here, Mr. Arvind Thakur, Advocate, rushes to the media
more frequently than the police. These lawyers had not acted within
the legally permissible norms.
3. As the General Secretary and Spokesperson of the Shiromani Akali
it is my duty and responsibility to act upon news items of gross
injustices to Sikhs, from time to time. Recently, on 9th August,
2006, there appeared a news item in most newspapers of Punjab,
(copies of which are attached as annexures to this complaint) that
Kamaldeep Kaur, the sister of Balwant Singh -lodged in Burail Jail,
Chandigarh, was severely humiliated and insulted by the jail staff
when she went to the Burail prison to tie Rakhi to her brother.
Reading the news story, I was livid with anger.
4. On that day, that is
9th August, 2006,
I had scheduled a press conference of my party in
for a different reason. As this case was also very painful and
disgusting, and knowing fully well that nowadays sensational
journalism is increasing, I attempted to verify the details from the
lawyers concerned. I was unable to obtain the phone number of Mr.
Arvind Thakur, who works with Mr. Amar Singh Chahal, under his
active guidance and support. So I called up Mr. Amar Singh Chahal
to verify the veracity of the incident as reported in the media. I
told the learned lawyer that I will be condemning the incident in no
uncertain terms and would like to know the truth. He confirmed the
incident and acting in good faith, I strongly condemned the incident
in the course of my press meet. Fortunately for me and for the
young lady in question, my media comments were reported in an
innocuous manner in one newspaper.
5. I have since learnt from the lady herself and from all other
Chandigarh that no such incident, as reported, took place at all.
The lawyer, Mr. Arvind Thakur had blown this up in the media,
without realising the damage that he was doing to the reputation and
personality of the said lady. Before I could retract my comments,
the lady herself clarified the position and accused the lawyers of
overstating facts for their petty publicity gains. This
non-professional role of the lawyers has deeply upset me.
6. I would like to say here, that Mr. Arvind Thakur had done a
similar thing earlier too. On
July 13, 2005,
he had intentionally and deliberately alleged to the press that the
police had thrusted cigarettes and other intoxicants into the mouth
of Jagtar Singh Hawara and that he was forced to spit on the
photographs of Sikhs Gurus.
7. While the first part of the allegation was to some extent
correct, the second one was simply a figment of imagination of Mr.
Arvind Thakur, Advocate. I and all others who reacted to these two
incidents were deeply pained to know that the impugned incidents
were totally false and concocted.
8. We would like to know as to under what circumstances have these
lawyers given these statements and who has been prompting them to do
so? Are they double crossing their clients or are they seeking cheap
publicity to bolster their public images? While we appreciate the
role of the lawyers who take up difficult cases against the state,
no civil society can condone malicious behaviour and scurrilous
comments against any individual and more so against a young lady.
The lawyers have so far not retracted from their blatant lies.
9. My party and I request you to kindly treat this as a formal
complaint. I undertake to comply with any formality that may be
required to comply with and register this complaint and I may be
directed accordingly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar)
seeks a high-level inquiry by an impartial disciplinary committee
and action against the two lawyers for their unprofessional
misconduct and unwarranted actions in the media under appropriate
provisions of law.
Prof. Jagmohan Singh
General Secretary & Spokesperson
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar)
Bar Council of
Rose Avenue, Institutional Area
for information and necessary follow-up.
Mr. Arvind Thakur, Advocate
3. Mr. Amar Singh Chahal, Advocate