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Rajasthan passes Advocates Protection Bill; first State to pass law for lawyers’ safety

Section 3 of the Bill states that any act of assault, grievous hurt, criminal force and criminal intimidation against an advocate will be deemed to be an offence under the Act if such an act is in connection with the discharge of duties of the advocate in court premises.

Section 4 states that if an advocate complains to the police about such an act as mentioned in Section 3, the police shall, if it deems fit, provide protection to such advocate.

Section 5 prescribes punishment for the offences under the Act.

Section 5(1) punishes assault or criminal force against an advocate with a maximum of two years imprisonment, along with a fine of up to ₹25,000.

Section 5(2) punishes the act of voluntarily causing grievous hurt to an advocate with a maximum of seven years imprisonment and a fine of up to ₹50,000.

Section 5(3) punishes the voluntary commission of the offence of criminal intimidation against an advocate with a maximum of two years imprisonment and a fine of up to ₹10,000.

Section 6 states that any offence under the Act shall be cognizable meaning thereby that an accused can be arrested by the investigating authority without a warrant.

Source: Barandbench

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