On Monday, June 1st, a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice DN Patel extended the time on the case between Delhi Police personnel and lawyers at the Tis Hazari Court complex till December 31, 2020. The initial time granted to complete the probe ended on May 31, but more time to probe the matter was sought because of the lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, the court was told that statements of 124 witnesses have been recorded in this matter to date.
The dispute originated due to a fight over a parking spot. A scuffle had broken out between lawyers and the Delhi Police outside the Tis Hazari district court in the national capital on November 2, 2019. On November 3, the Delhi High Court, while constituting a Judicial Commission in the matter, the Court had directed Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI); Director, Vigilance and the Director, Intelligence Bureau or any other superior officer appointed by them to assist Justice Garg in the probe. However, the impasse continued and the Republic TV telecasted a shocking video in which a lawyer was seen assaulting a policeman outside the main gate of the Saket court in Delhi. Thereafter, hundreds of police officials went on a protest at the Police Headquarters in Delhi. After the police approached the Delhi HC seeking a clarification on its original order, the HC advocated mediation between the lawyers and the police.
Moreover, the court made it clear that not taking any forceful action against the advocates was only applicable to the FIRs relating to the Tis Hazari court incident. The lawyers on the other hand had sought disciplinary actions and demanded departmental inquiry against several IPS and senior police officers for using and spreading provoking statements against lawyers on social media. They also demanded the dismissal of several cops because the agitation was in complete contravention of prevalent laws. Earlier, The Delhi High Court did take suo moto cognizance of the incident and constituted a judicial committee to conduct an inquiry in the above-stated matter.