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Raj high court bar association boycott work over lawyer suicide in Ghadsana

The lawyer launched an awareness campaign against drug dealers which didn’t go down well with the local police, alleges family.

August 30, 2022, 11:05 am

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Rajasthan high court. Image credit: Post staff

JAIPUR: Rajasthan high court bar association has called for a boycott of work in the courts over the suicide by a 47-year-old lawyer in the Gharsana area of Sriganganagar district a day ago. The lawyer, identified as Vijay Singh Jhorad (47), was the former president of Gharsana Bar Association.

He had launched an awareness campaign against rampant drug use in the border areas which his family members said didn’t go down well with the local police. He was allegedly called to the police station, held in illegal custody and beaten up throughout the night. Depressed over this incident, he took the extreme step.

On the report of his wife Kanta Devi, an FIR was registered against SHO Madanlal Bishnai, SI Kalpana Devi, ASI Kamal Meena and the then constable Jagmohan Meena, Reader Bansilal and another S.I posted in the police station. Here, the Bar Association has also given one crore rupees to the relatives. Has warned of boycott of work for the demand of help of the deceased dependent, job.

Kanta Devi alleged that Jherad had started a public awareness campaign on March 31 to demand action against drug dealers who were operating in the area with impunity. He started getting threat calls. On April 18, the police brought Jherad to the police station and held him in illegal custody overnight. He was beaten up. In this case, a case was registered against six policemen including the station in charge Bishnoi. Since then the police was pressurizing the victim to reach a compromise.

Vijay Singh committed suicide at 9 am on Monday. The family members refused to perform the last rites and started a demonstration. They accused the policemen including the SHO of assault and abetment of suicide.

On the report of Kantadevi, a case was registered against the station in-charge Madanlal Bishnoi, SO Kalpana Devi, ASI Kamal Meena and the then constable Jagmohan Meena, Reader Bansilal and another SI posted in the police station. The local bar association demanded compensation of Rs 1 crore to the family.

Rajasthan High Court Bar Association, Jaipur president Bhuvnesh Sharma said that the association strongly condemns this tragic incident and demands that all the officers and policemen responsible for this incident be suspended and arrested with immediate effect.

“Judicial work in Rajasthan High Court, Jaipur will be suspended on Tuesday. The Rajasthan High Court administration has been informed in this regard,” Sharma said.

First published: August 30, 2022