Amid the growing face-off between lawyers and police in the national capital, Republic TV on Wednesday, has accessed yet another CCTV footage showing a group of people clad in black and white coats allegedly attacking the police officials at Tis Hazari on Saturday. Visuals show the group barging into the Tis Hazari police post and assaulting the uniformed police officials. The visuals also show the group pulling the officers individually and beating them up.
Earlier on Tuesday, Republic TV had accessed a video of the parking brawl which broke out between the lawyers and the police on November 2 outside the Tis Hazari court complex in the national capital. The unedited version of the video 4-mins and 40-second long video puts to display how a parking brawl led to a full-scale face-off between the Delhi Police and lawyers. In the video, it is seen how an animated discussion between a policeman and a lawyer quickly escalated into a lawyer and police personnel.
It seen that more people, lawyers, and policemen throng the spot. Then police is seen restraining the lawyer from charging towards other policemen present on the spot. After that lawyer is then taken to the police station by the cops present at the location. In another video, Delhi police released a counter CCTV footage which shows that the advocate Sagar Sharma was not harmed by the police officials after being detained outside Tis Hazri court on Saturday.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Sharma had spoken to the media appearing in a sling, alleging that he had been beaten up by police officers after being detained outside Tis Hazari Court. Sharma along with another lawyer had claimed that they were denied to park their vehicle and were heckled by the Delhi police. This had led to a scuffle in which 20 police personnel were injured and four lawyers too were injured, while 17 vehicles were vandalised.
This development comes as hundreds of lawyers continue to protest outside various lower courts in Delhi, inspite the Bar Council of India urging to return to work. Visuals show the lawyers barring entry of litigants wishing to enter the court. At Saket Court, barricades that have been placed near the entrance have been completely blocked by protesting lawyers, who are demanding action against the police officers involved in the Tis Hazri Court scuffle on Saturday.
Earlier 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 demanding a trial against the suspected lawyers and presented a set of demands to the Commissioner who has assured it will be met. The police have called off their protest now. Meanwhile, 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 official.
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 sought a clarification of the order from the Delhi HC and the Delhi lieutenant-governor has been tasked with diffusing the situation.