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E-pass not mandatory for advocates during curfew: Delhi High Court

The Court held that the authorities cannot stop anyone who can produce a valid ID proving that he is an advocate.

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The Delhi High Court today has disposed of the plea with direction that “no authority shall stop any Advocate in NCT of Delhi, if he/she produces valid Identity Card whereby he can establish that he/she is an Advocate.”

A Single Judge Bench comprising of Justice Suresh Kait has disposed of a petition praying for respondent Delhi Police to comply with the curfew order dated 19.04.2021 which has exempted Advocates from producing E-pass for travelling during the curfew period.

The present petition was filed by Advocate Dharmendra Kumar who has claimed in the petition that he was harassed by the respondent because he did not possess an E-pass while travelling during the curfew. According to the curfew order dated 19.04.2021 advocates are exempted from possessing such pass for travelling during the curfew period.

The argument of the respondent Delhi Police was that the petitioner was not harassed and that he was let go once he had produced a I Card.

The Court held that the authorities cannot stop anyone who can produce a valid ID proving that he is an advocate.

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The court further held that the present order must be communicated to commissioner of police who shall communicate the same to the DCP who shall in-turn communicate to all police officers.

Source: ILNS

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