A scrimmage had broken out between lawyers and some Delhi police personnel outside the Tis Hazari District Court complex in Delhi on Saturday, 2 November 2019. What began as a minor accident when two vehicles, one from either side, collided, turned into a violent clash with an advocate, Vijay Verma, being allegedly shot during the commotion. A police vehicle was also allegedly set on fire.
Matters took a turn for the worse when a lawyer on Monday, 4 November 2019, was caught on camera allegedly assaulting a Delhi police officer on his motorbike, outside the Saket Court Complex. No action was reportedly taken.
Subsequently, there was mayhem in the national capital on Tuesday, 5 November 2019, with thousands of Delhi police personnel protesting in uniform outside police headquarters following violent clashes between lawyers and police on Saturday. The protest comes in the wake of a studied silence by the police top brass after Saturday’s clashes.
Delhi police commissioner, Amulya Patnaik, made a brief appearance on Tuesday, asking the protesting personnel to “return to duty". Patnaik said, “On Saturday, senior officers who were present at that time (in Tis Hazari court) upheld the tradition of Delhi police and did their duty. In the initial enquiry, findings will be done fairly, so please be patient and calm. I request you to please return to your duty points and continue to uphold the values of Delhi police".
A preliminary report on Saturday’s incident has been sent to the Union home ministry.
Meanwhile, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has written to the Coordination Committee of Bar Associations of Delhi requesting immediate recall of the latter's call to advocates of Delhi to abstain from court.
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