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Aizawl: A group of lawyers belonging to Mizoram Bar Association have filed criminal complaints against at least six people for allegedly using derogatory and abusive remarks on the lawyer fraternity in their Facebook post.

Mizoram Bar Association president LH Lianhrima told EastMojo that seven of their members have recently filed criminal complaint with the Aizawl district chief judicial magistrate against six Facebook users who go by the names of Robert Lalrinkima, Machhantea Vuite, Renga Kawlni, The Game Colney, Mavunga Chhakchhuak and Elizabeth Laltlansangi.

He said that the six accused used derogatory and abusive remarks on the entire lawyers’ community in their comments on a news report posted on a Facebook group about seven lawyers joining a semi-political party.

The district court on Friday registered cases under section 499, 500, 505 (2) and 153A of the IPC.

The court directed the OC of Aizawl police station to probe into the matter and submit report on or before 15 days from the date of issuance of the order. The OC has also been instructed that he may move the court for necessary process for the arrest of the accused.

LH Lianhrima said that the general body meeting of the bar association on Friday decided to file separate criminal cases against the perpetrators. He said that the association investigated the matter and discovered that at least 10 people were involved in the issue till Saturday.

He alleged that the accused used derogatory remarks on the entire lawyers community dubbing them as though they are “prostitute”. He said that legal profession is noble profession and connoting it with something like prostitution is a very serious matter.

He added that investigation is still on and the association will file criminal complaint against all those involved by this week.

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