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ISLAMABAD– Police have booked lawyers in cases for storming the premises of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and vandalising it, forcing IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah to confine himself to his room.
The IHC, in a statement, said that cases have been registered against the lawyers who stormed the high court and inflicted damage at the premises of the IHC.
Police are currently raiding different parts of the city to arrest the lawyers who were involved in the violent protest.
Twenty-one lawyers have been booked by police for being involved in the protest and separate contempt of court proceedings will be initiated against those found guilty of the offence, read the high court’s press release.
The IHC stated that it had sent a reference to the Islamabad Bar Council to suspend the licenses of the lawyers who were involved in the protest.
A mob of lawyers smashed windows in the Chief Justice block, chanting slogans outside the IHC Chief Justice’s office in a violent protest against the recent action by the Capital Development Authority (CDA).
The CDA had on Sunday night demolished illegal chambers set up by lawyers in the premises of the district and sessions court in Islamabad.
Sources had said the Special Security Unit was not present when the lawyers started their protest.
Officers from the Islamabad police arrived at the scene after considerable delay, sources had confirmed
IHC CJ Athar Minallah was reportedly forced to confine himself to his chamber as the violence unfolded.
The protesting lawyers chanted slogans against the IHC CJ, while journalists and several protesters had clashed when the journalists tried to record footage of the hooliganism on display.