On Sunday, 27 December, 2020 some office bearers and members of Bar Council of Delhi urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to take action regarding the search conducted by Delhi Police at the premises of Advocate Mehmood Pracha, a Lawyer representing some of the accused in the north-east Delhi riots cases as the matter now becoming serious day by day.
In the letter, the lawyers stated before the Honourable Home Minister that there has been an understanding between the representatives of the Bar Association/Bar Council and the Delhi Police that in case of any case against an Advocate, the Bar Association/Bar Council representatives will be informed and taken into confidence.
BCD Vice chairman Himal Akhtar and its members K C Mittal and Rajiv Khosla while mentioning that Delhi Police comes under the under the Ministry of Home Affairs also fetched attention of the Department to the BCI Rules as per which an Advocate shall not, directly or indirectly, commit a breach of obligations imposed under Section-126 of the Indian Evidence Act. According to Pracha, a search was conducted at his office from 12 pm on December 24 and till 3 am on December 25 approximately.
They wrote, ‘While we do not want to go to various aspects of the matter, apparently the action of the Delhi Police falls short on these aspects, which is a very serious matter as far as the legal community is concerned’.
Delhi Police had alleged that Pracha forged documents and instigated a man to depose falsely in connection with a case related to the violence in north-east Delhi in February this year. Advocate Pracha has been representing various accused and complainants in connection with the violence in north-east Delhi in which at least 53 people were killed and several were injured.