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CBI registers FIR in clash between cops,lawyers,media

The case has been registered by a senior officer attached to the CBI special crime branch in Chennai.

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore | Published: October 5, 2013 2:28:55 am

The CBI has registered an FIR in the court of an additional chief metropolitan magistrate against six people in connection with the March 2,2012,clash between lawyers,the media and the police outside the civil and sessions court in Bangalore.

The case has been registered by a senior officer attached to the CBI special crime branch in Chennai.

The FIR comes after the Supreme Court (SC) quashed a Karnataka High Court (HC) order of May 16,2012,for a special investigation team (SIT) probe into the clash in which 52 people,including lawyers,cops and members of the media,were injured.

An SC bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam directed the CBI on August 27 to investigate the case within six months. It asked the SIT of Karnataka police to hand over all documents and material in the case to the CBI.

The clash had occurred on the day former BJP leader G Janardhan Reddy was produced in the court after his arrest by the CBI for involvement in an illegal mining racket that flourished between 2009 and 2011 in the Bellary region.

A standoff between lawyers and journalists,particularly the electronic media crews that were denied entry into the court premises,turned violent. Both sides threw stones and other objects at each other.

The police tried to restore order but ended up clashing with the lawyers. After TV channels reported a cop was killed in the clash,police became violent.

Lawyers later stayed away from the courts for 18 days demanding action against police officers and members of the media. They filed a slew of petitions in the high court.

The high court ordered an SIT probe but the lawyers approached the Supreme Court,saying the Karnataka police would not be able to guarantee an unbiased investigation.

A special court of the CBI hearing a case against a Janardhan Reddy aide indicated recently members of the Reddy group may have triggered the March 2,2012, violence.

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