Government Lawyer Reprimanded By A Judge For Asking To Prove Patriotism

A government lawyer who wanted the Kashmiri separatist Shabir Shah to prove his patriotism by chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ in the court hall was reprimanded by the judge.

New Delhi:  A Delhi Court expressed anger on Friday over a counsel representing Enforcement Directorate saying that the courtroom is not a TV studio.

A government lawyer addressing Shabir, a Kashmiri separatist, said, “If you are really a patriot, chant the slogan Bharat Mata Ki Jai.”  The judge who was shocked by this argument chided the lawyer saying, “Do you think this is a TV Studio? Have you forgotten this is a court hall? Stop challenging and come to the point.”

It may be recalled that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested popular Kashmiri Separatist leader Shabir Shah on July 25. The ED officials who filed a case against Shabir on information given by a hawala broker, approached Delhi Court seeking an extension of his remand.

The court heard their arguments on Thursday. The public prosecutor on behalf of the ED argued that Shabir, who has been fuelling terrorism in the valley by collecting funds from other countries was not cooperating with the investigation, and sought an extension of his remand.

The defense lawyer submitted to the court that the ED was pressurizing him to accept the mistake Shabir hasn’t committed.

However, the judge finally accepted to extend the remand for six more days.

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