After the weekend brawl at the Tis Hazari court, a video has surfaced online that shows lawyers thrashing a policeman on bike outside Saket court on Monday. However, it is still not confirmed that the man dressed in white shirt and black trouser is lawyer or not. Advocates in the Delhi High Court and all district courts abstained from judicial work protesting against the clash between lawyers and police in the Tis Hazari court complex on Saturday. The lawyers are not participating and appearing in proceedings and only proxy counsel are taking dates. Advocate Naginder Benipal, executive member of the Delhi High Court Bar Association, said lawyers have supported and cooperated with the call to abstain from work in the high court.
Similarly, lawyers at the six district courts in the national capital - Tis Hazari, Karkardooma, Saket, Dwarka, Rohini and Patiala House-- are boycotting work throughout the day and the future course of action will be decided after meetings later in the day.
The Delhi High Court on Sunday ordered a judicial inquiry by one of its retired judges into clashes between lawyers and the Delhi Police at Tis Hazari court on Saturday. A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar, which sat on Sunday after taking suo motu (on its own) cognisance of media reports of the incident, said that former high court judge Justice (retd) SP Garg would hold a judicial inquiry into the matter.
The bench directed the Delhi Police commissioner to transfer Special Commissioner Sanjay Singh and Additional DCP Harinder Singh during pendency of the investigation.
It also made clear that no coercive action would be taken against any lawyer.
Lawyers and police had clashed at Tis Hazari Court complex on Saturday afternoon during which at least 20 police personnel and several lawyers were injured while 17 vehicles vandalised, according to officials and eyewitnesses.
During the hearing, the Delhi Police told the bench that a special investigation team (SIT) has been formed to look into the clash.
Advocate Rahul Mehra, representing the Delhi Police, told the bench that one assistant sub inspector has been suspended and another transferred for alleged involvement in the clash.
He said that 21 police officials and eight advocates were injured in the clash.
The special investigation team of the crime branch will probe the matter, he said, adding that four FIRs have been lodged in connection with the incident under relevant sections, including charges of attempt to murder.
Two station house officers (SHOs) and an additional commissioner were among the 20 personnel injured, police said and claimed that eight lawyers were hurt in the incident.
Lawyers, however, said more of their colleagues were injured than the number claimed by police. They also claimed that two advocates were injured in police firing, but police said they fired in the air.
Registrar General (RG) Dinesh Kumar Sharma said a closed-door meeting was held on Sunday morning by the chief justice and senior most judges of the high court.
The meeting was also attended by senior police officers and additional chief secretary of the Delhi government, he said.
After the meeting, the court decided to hold a hearing at 1 pm, he said.
During the 1 pm hearing, the high court issued notices and sought responses of the Centre, the Delhi Police commissioner and the chief secretary on the clash between lawyers and police.
It also asked the police officers, who were allegedly involved in the clashes, to be present in the court at 3 pm.
Separately, the Bar Council of India has written a letter to the high court seeking a direction to the Delhi lieutenant governor and other authorities to lodge an FIR under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and other relevant provisions of the Arms Act against the police officials.
The letter also sought immediate arrest of responsible police officials and initiation of a judicial enquiry by a retired Supreme Court or high court judge.