The apex body of lawyers said that instead of resorting to unlawful acts to register their protest, the legal fraternity should exercise reasonable restraint and desist from indulging in any unruly activity.

The BCI appeal came in wake of yesterday's incident of protest against Bedi's candidature as Chief Minister in which some people were injured in a clash between these advocates and her supporters in Krishna Nagar area of east Delhi.
    
"We are intellectuals and we are law-abiding citizens. We ensure the implementation of laws in country and, therefore, society expects from us a lawful and normal behaviour all the time.
    
"Even if we are to raise some protest on some issue, we should lodge our protest with all the reasonable restraints so that the society may not get any opportunity to raise its fingers against the lawyers' community," BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said in a statement.

Observing that in Indian democracy, there were many ways to raise voice against anybody or on any issue, he said    

"I only request my lawyer colleagues to desist from indulging in any unruly activity," he said.
    
According to police, the clash was between a group of BJP workers and a number of lawyers who were raising slogans against Bedi outside her campaign office.
    
Lawyers of district courts have been staging protests against BJP's decision to nominate Bedi as its chief ministerial candidate for Delhi assembly polls, citing the clampdown by police on lawyers in Tis Hazari Court in 1988 when she was DCP (North).

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