Patna: Bihar State Bar Council on Friday demanded suspension of the Samastipur district magistrate and the deputy development commissioner for alleged illegal detention of an advocate in police lock-up.

The Council, in an emergency meeting of its members here on Friday, alleged that the advocate had been detained last month for charging Rs 30 as his fee for drafting an application, which the two officers had deemed as bribe, BSBC's officiating secretary Ashok Kumar Singh said.

In its report, a BSBC inquiry committee said the conduct of the two officials against the advocate, who was kept in police lock-up for more than 24 hours without committing any offence, on April 19 was unbecoming of public servants. The duo should be removed from Samastipur district immediately, Singh said.

A resolution adopted at the meeting demanded that charges against the two officials should be framed and an inquiry officer asked to probe the charges. The report should be submitted to the government for initiating proceedings against them, it said.

The Council threatened to abstain from work indefinitely if no action was taken against the two officials, besides sitting on a hunger strike in front of the Patna High Court.

The date of the hunger strike would be fixed by the council's steering committee, Singh said. Bar members would meet Patna High Court Chief Justice Rekha Manharlal Doshit to apprise her of the situation and had sought appointment of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, he added. Lawyers across Bihar had struck work on May 2 on the issue.

(Agencies)

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