Four persons were arrested and charged with attempt to murder in connection with the attack on three judges and driver in south-east Delhi following a minor accident, police said on Friday.
Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Garg suffered head injuries and two additional sessions judges Inderjit Singh and MK Nagpal escaped unhurt in the incident which took place in Dakshinpuri last evening. Their driver Chaman Lal was also injured.
Police arrested Anil Raj, his brother Sunil Raj, Rohit and Prashant in connection with the incident.
"While two were placed under arrested yesterday, the remaining two, Sunil Raj and Prashant, were arrested today. We have charged them with attempt to murder on the basis of the statement of the driver," Dharmendra Kumar, Special Commissioner (Law and Order), told reporters here.
He said Lal claimed "the matter was about to be settled when Anil Raj noticed sticker of judiciary in the car. He then told his friends that these people have send them to jails often and then they attacked the judges. They used bricks to attack them."
Emphasising that they will invoke harsher charges in road rage cases, Kumar also appealed to people to take down numbers and hand it over to police to help them in further probe.
He said Anil Raj, who is a salesman in a south Delhi mall, was previously involved in two cases, while his brother is unemployed. Rohit is into purchase and sale of scooters, while Prashant is a hairdresser.
In the complaint filed with police, Lal said he was driving the government vehicle which was used as a "pool-car" to take the judges to their homes and when it reached Dakshinpuri, a speeding motorcycle hit their vehicle.
When he came out, he saw the motorcyclists were on ground. "I counselled them not to speed on roads but they started misbehaving with him. Seeing this, the judges came out and they also counselled them. The situation was brought under control and the judges were sitting inside the car and leaving when Anil Raj saw the court sticker," Lal said in the complaint.
He claimed Raj then said this judge has send him to jail many times and "he should not be left alive", besides asking his friend to call other associates.
"Then some of his associates came. Meanwhile, Raj threw a brick on Garg. The windowpanes were broken. The friends also joined in throwing bricks at the car. Garg was hit by a brick on his head," Lal said. The other two judges saved themselves by hiding behind the seat.
Two of them opened the backdoor of the car and tried to attack Singh. Meanwhile, a large number of people gathered there following which they fled the scene leaving the motorcycle there.
Lal also claimed Anil Raj came to AIIMS Trauma Centre after hitting himself with bricks to frame the judges.
"We have registered a case under sections 332 (hurt), 186 (obstructing public servant), 353 (assault), 279 (rash driving) and 307 (attempt to murder) against them," Kumar said.
Yesterday's incident was the second on judges here in the past four days.
On May 14, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Saket court Sanjay Sharma had been attacked allegedly by an SUV driver after the former had stopped his car on one side of the Bus Rapid Transit corridor, allegedly obstructing the vehicle's way.