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Police brutality on Tis Hazari lawyers: HC orders FIR, CBI assisted inquiry, suspension of police and Ex-gratia compensation

Lawyers body expressed no faith on police and Delhi Police transferred the probe to  the crime branch and ordered for special investigation team (SIT)

On Sunday Delhi High Court ordered the transfer of Special Commissioner of Delhi Police Sanjay Singh and Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Harinder Singh at a special hearing at 1P.M following Saturday’s police brutality on lawyers at the Tis Hazari courts and appointed retired justice S P Garg to conduct a judicial enquiry within six weeks.

After taking Suo motu cognizance on a media report by a vacation bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar in a special mentioning case, in which 29 persons were injured including three advocates who suffered gunshot wounds on 2nd November, the Delhi High Court on Sunday ordered the transfer of Special Commissioner of Delhi Police Sanjay Singh and Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Harinder Singh at a special hearing at 1P.M following Saturday’s police brutality on lawyers at the Tis Hazari courts and appointed retired justice S P Garg to conduct a judicial enquiry within six weeks.

The bench said Justice Garg will be assisted by directors of CBI, Vigilance and Intelligence Bureau or any other senior officers appointed by them. The court also directed to register FIR and statements of the victims u/s 161 to be recorded. Further directed ex-gratia compensation to three lawyers for Rs 50 thousand, Rs 25 thousand and Rs 10 thousand. The court also directed the police chief to ensure that no coercive is taken against lawyers.

The court also directed the Police Commissioner to take immediate action with regard to suspension of Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Kanta Prasad, who allegedly dragged an advocate inside the lock up and beat him up, and ASI Pawan, who allegedly fired at the lawyers.

The Bar Council of India, Bar Council of Delhi, Supreme Court Bar Association, Delhi High court Bar Association, coordination committee of Delhi district courts, which appeared and demanded that the senior officials of Delhi Police who ordered lathi charge and firing be arrested and suspended along with those who manhandled the advocates.


Dated: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2019

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