New Delhi, Nov 3: Taking suo moto cognizance of the clash between lawyers and police at the Tis Hazari Court, the Delhi High Court on Sunday issued notice to the Centre, Bar Council of India, Bar Council of Delhi, Delhi government, and all the Bar associations of district courts of Delhi and the Delhi High Court Bar Association. The clash started over a parking dispute on Saturday snowballed into a violent clash that left 50 people injured, including two advocates hit by gunshots, and many vehicles burned and vandalised.
Delhi High Court directed Delhi Police Commissioner to record statements of the injured advocates, and instructs to lodge an FIR immediately, in connection with yesterday’s clash between police & lawyers at Tis Hazari Court.
Four FIRs have been lodged in the matter. One on the complaint of District judge. One on the complaint of police personnel and two on the complaint of lawyers.
The court’s Registrar General Dinesh Kumar Sharma said chief justice D N Patel has taken a “very serious view” of the matter and that the high court is “deeply concerned about the safety of litigants and lawyers”.
Delhi Police and the lawyers, meanwhile, have registered FIRs against each-other in the case. The cross FIR has been registered under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 186 ( Obstructing public servant), 353 (assault on public servant) and 427 (mischief causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code. The FIR has been registered on the basis of complaints received from both parties (police and lawyers).
Around 20 police personnel including Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) and two Station House Officers (SHOs) and eight advocates sustained injuries in the scuffle which broke out between police and advocates.
The Bar Council of India has called for a lawyers’ strike across district courts in Delhi on Monday.
The two-hour fight which began at around 2 pm, left a dozen motorcycles and a police vehicle on fire, eight prison vans vandalised, and the windows of many lawyers’ chambers and cars smashed. The fire from the burning vehicles also singed a portion of a court building.