The Delhi High Court has ordered a judicial inquiry into the violent clash between lawyers and police in Tis Hazari Court. This judicial inquiry will be led by retired Justice SP Garg. The CBI director, IB director, vigilance director or senior officer will assist him in the investigation.
The high court also ordered the Delhi Police Commissioner to record the statements of the lawyers injured, suspend the accused police officers and constitute an independent commission for an internal investigation of the case.
The commission will have to complete the investigation in six weeks and report to the court. The court has ordered the transfer of Special CP Sanjay Singh and Additional DCP Harinder Singh until the completion of the investigation.
‘Treat lawyers injured in Tis Hazari at AIIMS’
The high court asked the Delhi government to treat the lawyers injured in the clash at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). It has been ordered to provide a compensation of Rs 50,000 to injured lawyer Vijay Verma and Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively to the two other lawyers injured in the clash. The Delhi High Court has said that the investigation into this case should be completed in six weeks.
Earlier, the Delhi High Court took cognisance of the violent clash in the Tis Hazari Court premises and issued a notice to the police and sought an explanation. Delhi Police clarified in its reply that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) had been formed to investigate the Tis Hazari violence. The investigation of the case has been transferred to the SIT of the Crime Branch.
The police told the high court that the assistant sub-inspector who locked the lawyer in the lockup had been suspended. However, the high court was not satisfied with the pleas of Delhi Police.
DHCBA demanded a judicial inquiry
The president of the Delhi High Court Bar Association said that the lawyers’ chambers were attacked and vandalised. “We demand an inquiry into the matter under the supervision of a retired judge of the Delhi High Court. Also, the suspects in the case demand an immediate suspension of the police officers,” the bar said.
To discuss the situation after the incident, Chief Justice of Delhi High Court DN Patel met senior police officials. Some judges of the Delhi High Court were present in the meeting held on Saturday night.
Senior judges meet injured lawyer
Three senior judges of the Delhi High Court met Vijay Verma, the lawyer who was shot at, at St Stephen’s Hospital. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met the injured lawyers.
Congress politician Salman Khurshid said about the incident, “The attack on lawyers is a matter of concern. I think the attack on lawyers is a concern for democracy. This incident should be properly investigated.”
At Delhi’s Tis Hazari court on Saturday, more than 20 policemen and an additional DCP, two SHOs and 8 lawyers were injured in the bloody fight between police and lawyers over parking of their vehicles. During this violent clash, the police fired and a lawyer received a bullet injury. In retaliation, the protesting lawyers set several police cars on fire.
The Delhi incident is reminiscent of a similar incident in Howrah that had occurred a few months ago although, in that case, it was more a case of police hooliganism, with no act of violence perpetrated by the advocates pro-actively or in retaliation.