The petition, filed through Advocate Anil Kumar Bakshi, said that the criminal complaints against the two women – a practicing advocate and her 23-year-old law intern – were baseless.
The latter was booked after lawyers objected to her allegedly recording court proceedings of a bail hearing of a Bajrang Dal leader accused of vandalism during the screening of Bollywood film Pathaan.
It was alleged that she was subsequently frisked and abused by a group of rowdies, and soon arrested at their behest, after they claimed that she worked for banned organisations like the Popular Front of India (PFI).
The first petitioner then had to leave the city and go into hiding, owing to fear for her life and security. The police pasted a notice on her house in Indore.
“No application could be filed by local lawyers for the petitioners because of the communally charged atmosphere in Indore City…An apparently vicious communal environment prevails in the city that has unforunately engulfed in the District Court premises…The petitioners are not in a position to avail justice and their legal rights are totally jeopardized,” the plea stated.