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Rohini court firing: Delhi HC to continue hearing in its Suo Motu plea

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The Delhi High Court today will take up its suo moto matter concerning the shocking shootout that occurred inside the Rohini Court Complex on September 24, 2021, which left three people dead and one woman lawyer injured.

The Bench led by the Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh had earlier issued notice upon the Delhi Police Commissioner, the Delhi Government, the Centre and the Delhi High Court Bar Association, among others, and directed the respondents to file suggestions in the form of the an affidavit or report in aid of formulating measures for maintaining safety and security at all court complexes in the national capital.

The Bench opined that there is a need for an effective deployment of sufficient number of police personnel at all court complexes in Delhi. In addition, the Bench stated that there is a need for installation of more number of CCTV camera at all strategic points, along with a fool-proof entry system with installation of hi-tech metal detectors and baggage scanners at all the courts in Delhi, including the High Court.

The Bench further opined that there is also a need for provision for Under Vehicle Surveillance System (UVSS).

On the afternoon of September 24, wanted gangster Jitender alias Gogi, was shot inside Rohini Court by attackers who entered in the guise of lawyers. The incident happened in the Rohini Courtroom, when Gogi was presented before the judge.

The Delhi Police Special Cell killed the two attackers, who are believed to be from the rival Tillu Tajpuria gang. Around 35-40 rounds were fired in the ensuing shootout, wherein three lives had been lost.

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Following the incident, CJI N.V Ramana expressed deep concern at what had happened in Rohini Court Complex, and advised the Delhi High Court Chief Justice him to talk to both police and Bar to ensure that the functioning of court is not effected.

It may be recalled that the matter of safety and security of Court Complexes and judicial personnel is already under the consideration by the Apex Court.

Read the order here;


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