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Lawyers allege assault by police, HC orders probe

PTI  New Delhi, May 04, 2013
First Published: 01:59 IST(4/5/2013) | Last Updated: 02:01 IST(4/5/2013)

The Delhi High Court on Friday asked a senior police officer to inquire into the allegations levelled by two lawyers against a Station House Officer(SHO) and his colleague for assaulting them on the intervening night of May 1-2.

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Justice Sunil Gaur in an order asked the DCP East district to file a status report after an inquiry into the allegations by lawyers Nikhil Mehta and Milan Malhotra against the SHO of Geeta Colony for "abusing and assaulting" them.

The court passed the order while hearing the lawyers' plea seeking protection from the police and also transfer of the case to CBI as the senior police officers were pressuring them to settle the dispute.

"Despite the incident being reported to the senior officer of Delhi police who, instead of taking action against the culprits (SHO and his colleague), pressured the petitioners for settling the matter without insisting on any action under the law," their plea said.

Seeking the court to provide protection to them and their family members, the lawyers said:  "The family members were being pressured for settling the matter without insisting any action under the law, failing which they are also threatened with being implicated in false and frivolous criminal cases at the instance of the delinquent police officials."

The court fixed May 23 for further hearing of the plea.


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