District court lawyers go on strike over assault on advocate, 3 cops suspended

Lawyers in all six district courts in the city went on strike on Monday demanding action against three policemen from the Dwarka Sector 3 police station, who allegedly assaulted a lawyer, leaving him seriously injured. The lawyer is said to have suffered broken ribs and a spinal injury.

Most cases were adjourned to later dates, with the litigants pleading their own cases in urgent matters.

The Dwarka District Court Bar Association said they would continue the strike on Tuesday.

On Saturday night, Advocate S P Meena was allegedly assaulted by the policemen after he had an argument with the beat officer while returning to his residence in Dwarka Sector 3 in an inebriated state. He was admitted to the Indian Spinal Injuries Center on Sunday after an MLC was conducted in DDU Hospital.

According to the Dwarka Bar Association, Meena was dragged out of his home by five policemen and assaulted. Bar association secretary P S Singh said Meena was operated upon on Monday at the ISIC.

While an FIR has been registered against the policemen, one has been filed against Meena too as police claimed he was inebriated, and had picked a fight with the constable.

"An FIR under Section 323 for causing hurt has been registered against the three policemen involved and they have been suspended," Additional CP (Southwest) A K Ojha said, adding that an FIR under Section 353 and 186 of the IPC for obstructing a public servant had been registered against Meena.

"The initial MLC of the lawyer showed that he had very high blood alcohol levels. But since the conduct was so extreme, we have suspended the personnel. Depending on what the MLC says, we may add sections to the FIR," Ojha said.

The Coordination Committee for all district court bar associations has now demanded that police register a FIR under Section 307 for attempt to murder against the accused policemen. "His (Meena's) lower body has virtually been paralysed and his rib is also broken," Dwarka Bar Association president Naresh C Sharma said.

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