While the Delhi HC ordered-judicial probe into the Tis Hazari scuffle continues, the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal on Thursday has ordered the transfer of three IPS officers from their current postings with immediate effect. Notably, Special Commissioner Sanjay Singh (Law & Order - North) has been transferred to Licensing and Transport. On the other hand, DCP Railways Dinesh Kumar Gupta and Addl. DCP North District Harender Kumar Singh's postings have been interchanged with each other.
The order states that the 'transfers are to take effect during the pendency of the judicial enquiry'. Additionally, Spl. CP Satish Golcha (Crime & EOW) will also take over the work of Spl. Cp (Law&Order-North). The judicial probe is set to be completed within six weeks, as ordered by the Delhi HC.
Previously on Sunday, the Delhi High Court took suo-moto cognisance of the case and ordered a judicial probe, transferred two senior police officers, suspended two others and ordered compensation for three injured lawyers. It also directed that no coercive action would be taken against any lawyer on the basis of FIRs lodged at the behest of police officials. Two FIRs have been filed in the case on Tuesday after which the Ministry of Home Affairs had sought a clarification of the order from the Delhi HC and the Delhi lieutenant-governor has been tasked with diffusing the situation.
On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court ordered the judicial probe to be completed without the earlier order restricting coercive action against lawyers impacting the probe, in response to the MHA plea. Apart from this order, the Delhi HC also turned down the lawyers' plea - refusing to ban media from reporting on the issue. The Delhi Court has ordered the inquiry commission which was probing into the Tis Hazari scuffle to look into instances of violence that have broken out after the incident.
On Tuesday, thousands of police personnel gathered outside the Delhi police headquarters against the lawyers who allegedly beat up police officers at the Tis Hazari Court on November 2. Demanding for protection against such violence against cops, Police officials demanded a trial against the suspected lawyers. After being assured that demands will be met, the police called off their protest and joined duty.
Similarly, hundreds of lawyers in the Delhi High Court and all district courts abstained from work on Monday, protesting against Delhi police, demanding the arrest of the involved Delhi police officials. Continuing their protests, lawyers are still protesting in various lower courts around Delhi inspite of the Bar Council of India urging the lawyers to resume duty, waiting for the findings of the judicial probe. BCI chief Manan Mishra has condemned the police action in the case but has also assured those lawyers responsible will be punished.
The lawyers have claimed a scuffle broke with Delhi Police after they were denied parking space. Lawyers claimed that Police officers heckled them and open fired. As many as four lawyers were injured. At least 20 police personnel were also injured while 17 vehicles vandalised, according to officials and eyewitnesses. On the other hand, Delhi police claimed that violence began on Saturday after on-duty officers objected to a lawyer parking his car in front of a lockup. A police statement said that a large number of lawyers responded angrily to their request. CCTV footage shows lawyers manhandling the police officers.