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No Body Claps with One Hand: Supreme Court on Lawyers and Cops Clash

“Nobody claps with one hand. Problems are from both sides. We don’t want to say more,” the Supreme court said. “We are silent for a reason,” the court said.

 

NEW DELHI| The Supreme Court said both the parties were responsible for the fight happened between police and lawyers outside Delhi’s Tis Hazari court on Saturday. The clash happens to injured 30 people.

Following the fight, on Tuesday the whole nation witnessed an unprecedented protest by Delhi Police. Hundreds of cops took to the streets demanding protection from lawyers and others who would attack them. The disturbing footage includes that of a senior woman police officer, who has alleged she was groped and beaten during the clashes.

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“Nobody claps with one hand. Problems are from both sides. We don’t want to say more,” the Supreme court said. “We are silent for a reason. Nobody can say we acted in a certain way since they did that, ” the court said.

Surfacing before the high court on the day after the tussle, the lawyers had claimed they had been spotted by the police. “They want to paint us as villains,” Mohit Mathur, who represented the Bar Council of India, said.

“One advocate was dragged by 14 police officers. It is all captured on CCTV footage,” he added. Another alleged that cops fired on colleagues and women lawyers had been attacked as well.

On Sunday, the High Court had taken suo motu cognisance of the incident and came down heavily on the cops, transferring two senior officers and suspending two others. The court also awarded compensation only to injured lawyers.

 

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