Cops protest outside police HQ; BCI welcomes judicial enquiry

Cops protest outside police HQ; BCI welcomes judicial enquiry

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Delhi, 05 Nov 2019: The brawl between police officers and lawyers at Delhi's Tis Hazari Court on Saturday has intensified with more senior police officers too engaged in the issue. Bar Council of India (BCI) has welcomed a judicial enquiry announced by Delhi High Court into the issue of tussle between cops and lawyers.

On Tuesday, a large group of police personnel gathered outside the Delhi Police headquarters at ITO to protest the Saturday violence and the assault on police officers by lawyers subsequently. The police personnel, in uniform, were seen wearing black bands to condemn the attacks on their ranks.

Meanwhile, several IPS officers took to Twitter to condemn the continued attack on policemen.

Karnataka IPS officer, D Roopa, said that the assault was a "mockery of the system". She said if the "strictest action" is not taken against the perpetrators, it will dampen the morale of officers and "embolden hooligans".

Another IPS officer, Dependra Pathak also called for instilling the "fear of law" among "mischief-makers".

Meanwhile, Lawyers of Delhi High Court and all lower courts in the city participated in a strike from work on Monday to protest the violence by the police against their colleagues on Saturday at the Tis Hazari courts complex.

At least 50 people were injured, including two advocates hit by gunshots, and many parked vehicles burned and vandalised after a dispute over parking at the Tis Hazari courts in north Delhi on Saturday snowballed into a violent clash between the police and lawyers.

The secretary of the Delhi Bar Association, Jaiveer Singh Chauhan, “We are getting a lot of support from all the other bar associations of the different states including Rajasthan, Punjab and Chandigarh. All the lawyers would abstain from work”.

The chairperson of the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD), KC Mittal, also said they will take feedback from the lawyers and then decide upon their further course of action.

Delhi High Court on Sunday constituted a judicial committee to be headed by retired Justice SP Garg to conduct an inquiry within six weeks into Saturday’s violence between policemen and lawyers.

The Bar Council of India (BCI), in a statement, welcomed the high court’s order directing a judicial inquiry into Saturday’s clash as it urged lawyers to “maintain peace and harmony” and not to abstain from work on Tuesday.