Jaipur violence: Court orders probe, bars 9 policemen from office

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 08, 2013 15:16 hrs

Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court Friday ordered a judicial inquiry into the clashes between police and lawyers that rocked Jaipur over the past two days and directed the city's commissioner of police and eight other police officials to not hold office until its report is submitted.

A division bench of Chief Justice Amitava Roy and Justice Ajay Rastogi, while hearing a plea on the clashes, said a sitting judge of the court will conduct the enquiry and submit a report within 15 days.

Clashes between lawyers and police here Wednesday and Thursday left at least 60 people, including over 40 policemen, injured.

The same bench had Thursday issued notice to the state home secretary and police chief seeking explanation over police action against agitating lawyers on a public interest litigation (PIL) by Rajasthan High Court Bar Association's former general secretary Mahendra Shandilya.

After hearing the arguments from the state government as well as the petitioner Friday, the court ordered Commissioner of Police B.L. Soni, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Raghuveer Saini, Deputy Inspector General Giriraj Meena, Deputy Commissioners of Police Yogesh Yadav and Yogesh Goyal, Assistant Commissioner of Police Bajrang Sharma and three station house officers not to hold office till the enquiry is completed.

About two dozen people, including advocates and police officers, were injured when clashes occurred between lawyers and police outside the state assembly building during the ongoing budget session Wednesday.

To draw attention to their demands, the lawyers broke security barricades put up by the police and marched towards the assembly building. The police resorted to baton charge on the lawyers.

The violence again took place Thursday after a group of lawyers torched the temporary lock-up used for holding prisoners in the court premises in the morning.

Judicial services were crippled as the lawyers continued to boycott work Friday.

The lawyers said the state government is yet to look into their demands for which they had taken out the rally Wednesday.

The demands include a residential project on subsidised rates for lawyers, allowance of Rs.2,000 per month for lawyers with less than five years of experience, allocation of Rs.10 crore to the Rajasthan Lawyers' Welfare Board and the constitution of a Lawyers' Welfare Act.

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