DIG of CID appointed as Inquiry Office to probe violence

The former High Court judge R.G. Vaidyanatha will head the one-man Commission of Inquiry to probe the March 2 violence that erupted at the City Civil Court complex here.

Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar's announcement comes on Thursday even as the State Government issued a separate order appointing Director-General of Police (CID) Rupak Kumar Dutta as the Inquiry Officer for the in-house inquiry into allegations that the police used excessive force.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka High Court on Thursday asked the Advocates' Association, Bangalore, why the court should hear the public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by the association seeking a direction to television channels and newspapers to show videos/photos of police attacking lawyers when the lawyers were not attending court. A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna posed this question orally to counsel for the association while hearing the PIL. The Bench, however, ordered issue of notice to the State and Union governments, and 19 media organisations.