Syed Khalique Ahmed | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI—Several human rights groups and senior advocates have come in defence of advocate Mehmood Pracha whose office was raided and searched by the Delhi police for about 15 hours on Thursday and Friday. The sleuths of the Delhi Police Special Cell who began search of his office at 12 noon on Thursday continued their operation till 2.30 on Friday.
Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, commenting on the raid, said, “First they came for activists, then they came for students, then they came for farmers; now they are coming for their lawyers; Next they will come for you. Will you call this democracy? We will all have to fight this together”.
Senior Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaisinh, while condemning the raid, said that raids at the office of Mehmood Pracha, who is fighting cases of several Delhi riots victims, is a direct attack on the fundamental right of the right to legal representation. “All lawyers must condemn this”, she said.
Expressing concern over the raid at Pracha’s office, well-known advocate and Congress leader Manish Tiwari said, “I am deeply disturbed by search @MehmoodPracha’s law office. A contemporary at Campus Law Centre of Delhi University and later my general secretary @IYC when I was national president. @barcouncilofindia Bar should take up this arbitrary harassment as soon as possible”.
Rahul Mehra, standing counsel of the Delhi Government, condemned the raid. He said, “I may have professional differences with Mr. Mahmood Pracha and may agree to disagree with him most of the time but for an office of a lawyer to be raided like this is highly condemnable. Expecting good sense to prevail sooner rather than later”.
Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) also condemned the Delhi Police’s raids on the office of Adv Mehmood Pracha.
APCR national general secretary Malik Moatasim Khan said, “The raids at Pracha’s office are unfortunate and concerning. Delhi Police is operating at the behest of its political masters and implicating innocent people. Pracha has been at the forefront in providing legal aid to the victims of Delhi riots 2020 and has been critical of the police’s role in the riots”.
Stating that Pracha is only performing his professional duty, the police raids at his premises in totally “unwarranted and arbitrary”.
He said that the should “refrain from such vindictive actions and ensure justice to the riot victims. The government should support the voice of the victims and not suppress them”.