MP high court orders action against cops who beat up lawyer in Pandarinath

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2015 22:19 IST
Cops used tear gas shells and lathi-charged residents of CP Shekhar Nagar after eruption of violence in Indore on Monday. (Shankar Mourya/HT)

Accepting a petition seeking immediate action against policemen who thrashed a lawyer during violence in Pandarinath area on Monday, a division bench of MP high court on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the matter and filing FIRs against all erring policemen within 24 hours.

After a video grab showing policemen brutally canning advocate Hemant Parmar went viral on social media, lawyers in the city came in his support demanding appropriate action the policemen. The Indore district bar association decided to abstain from work on Tuesday, and only resumed work after the high court's order in the afternoon.

High court bar association president advocate Pradip Gupta said, "We welcome the court's order, we shall now wait for police action in response to that order. If appropriate action is not taken by the police department against the erring policemen, we will launch a large-scale protest."

CSP Juni Indore Sashikant Kankane, who was present during the proceedings, assured the court that suitable departmental action would be taken against those responsible. Also, DIG (Indore range) Santosh Kumar Singh said a case will be lodged as per the directions of high court and if needed, an inquiry will also be conducted in this regard.

Advocate Parmar, a law officer of the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), had received several blows from the police during the violence in Pandarinath area. Parmar has alleged that he had been targeted because he works under advocate Shanno Khan for the slum dwellers of CP Shekhar Nagar, an already contentious issue.

"Parmar was only trying to apprise the situation to the police and demanding them to register a case against the IMC for conducting the demolition drive by going against court orders," said advocate Shanno Khan.

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