Pune lawyers demands Live Streaming of court case about cops beating women tea vendors

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Pune, July 20, 2019 : A group of lawyers have filed application in the Pune Cantonment court demanding Live Streaming of court proceedings about case in which Hadapsar police station cops are involved in beating women tea vendors.

The Supreme Court of India has already allowed the Live Telecast /Transmission/Recording of the court proceedings.

The application has been filed by Adv Tosif Shaikh, Adv Dipti Kale, Adv B A Aloor, Adv Mahesh Gawali, Adv Swapnil Girme, Adv Vivek Bhargude, Adv Saifan Shaikh, Adv Kranti Sahane, Adv Paramjit Goyal and others.

The application stated, “This case relates to violation of fundamental right/ human rights and has created a doubt in the minds of common man concerning grave abuse of power and misuse of official capacity by the police, even when women and elderly citizens arc concerned. It also affects the fundamental rights of the hawkers to carry on activity for survival versus criminality and as such it is a matter of national importance as the Prime Minsiter of this country, has been a tea seller.”

Adv Shaikh said, “It is imperative that when the minds of the local citizens of Pune are gravely disturbed by the video of Pune Police brutality against elderly and woman, the proceedings before this court should be available to the common citizen as this particular case is not a private issue but a question affecting the fundamental rights, safety, security and welfare of every citizen. The Supreme Court has in such cases categorically remarked that it will bring in transparency and serve public interest. Therefore, we should be allowed to record and telecast live the proceedings before the court in this matter.”

The lawyers have also filed case against the police personnel in the court seeking direction to Hadapsar police station for registration of FIR.

The incident had taken place around 5.30 pm on July 9 near Kumar Paradaise on road from Magarpatta City to Laxmi Lawns. During anti-encroachment drive by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), police personnel were seen beating them while arresting them. The women constables were also seen pulling hair of one of the woman.

Later cops booked Lata Hake and Gangubai Hake for obstructing them from discharging their official duty. As per the FIR, the women abused the cops and also tried to self-immolate infront of their vehicle.

The women have been charged by police for offences under sections 353 (obstructing public servant from discharging official duty), 504 (intentional insult), 506 (criminal intimidation), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).