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Sunday 19 January 2020

Court decision brings lawyers, police to a truce

Not only did the Delhi High Court assure there will be no punitive action against two suspended cops but lawyers called off their strike, too

The Delhi High Court has granted relief to the two police officers accused of assaulting lawyers at the Tis Hazari Court complex. The court, while hearing the case, ordered on Friday that no punitive action be taken against the two cops until the judicial inquiry into the case is completed. Now they will not be arrested.

Meanwhile, the lawyers have announced an end to the ongoing strike in the district courts of Delhi.

After the lawyer-police clash on 2 November following the police’s objection to lawyers parking their vehicles near lock-up vans, the lawyers had gone on strike on 4 November.

With today’s decision of the court and the announcement by the lawyers that they are returning to work, it is believed that this dispute has now ended.

Twenty policemen and several lawyers were injured in a violent clash at Tis Hazari Court on 2 November.

Hearing the case, Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Harishankar of the high court have issued notices to the Union government, Delhi Police, Bar Council of India and other bar associations, seeking their response. The court has asked all the parties to file replies on the petitions of both the assistant sub-inspectors accused in the case.

While hearing the petitions of ASI Kanta Prasad Yadav and Pawan Kumar, the court said, “No punitive action should be taken against the three FIRs lodged against the two officers till the investigation is completed.” The two officers had been suspended after the violent clash incident.

Advocate Rajdipa Behura, appearing for the two policemen, said in court, “I have not come here for anticipatory bail. All I have to say is that punitive action should not be taken against the policemen till the time the matter is under investigation.”

Further, Behura requested the lawyers to end the strike and return to work. He said that the institution is suffering due to the end of unity between the two.

The lawyers are calling it truce on the 11th day with the end to the strike. After the off days Saturday and Sunday, all the six district courts of the capital will be functioning smoothly on Monday.

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