NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court on Sunday ordered a judicial enquiry into the violence that took place at Tis Hazari court complex on Saturday. Retired high court judge SP Garg has been appointed to conduct the enquiry which has to be completed within six weeks. The retired judge would be assisted by Director, Central Bureau of Investigation and other officials. The police officer who allegedly shot the lawyer has been suspended too.

The High court took suo moto cognizance of the violence that took place at the district court.

An ex gratia amount of 50,000 is to be given to Advocate Vijay Verma, and of 15,000 and 10,000 to other two injured advocates.

The court, however, did not order any coercive action against the advocates against whom the FIRs were registered by the Delhi Police.The lawyers have been directed to cooperate in the probe.

The Bar council of India had written a letter to the Delhi high court.

It sought for a direction to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and other concerned authorities to lodge an FIR under Section 307 and other allied Section of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 as well as Arms Act against the police personnel.

It had further sought for an order of immediate arrest and suspension of the guilty police officials, and to dismiss them if they are found guilty in course of judicial enquiry.

The letter has also prayed for setting up of judicial enquiry into the whole incident to be conducted by a former Judge of Supreme Court of India or the High Court. In the alternative, to issue a direction for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry into it.

The Bar Council of India had also prayed for issuance of direction to the concern authorities to give compensation of atleast Rs.10 lakhs to the advocate who was shot and Rs.5 lakhs each to the other injured advocates.

A scuffle had broken out between lawyers and the Delhi Police outside the Tis Hazari district court in the national capital on Saturday. What began as a minor accident when two vehicles, one from either side, collided, turned into a violent clash with an advocate, Vijay Verma, been shot at during the commotion. A police vehicle was also set on fire.

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