"I won't allow cops or any other authority to trample over people's rights. I am a sheepdog and my job is to make sure that certain inalienable rights enjoyed by all human beings are not violated," Justice Siddharth Mridul said.

Disapproving the heated exchange of words between Delhi government standing counsel Rahul Mehra and Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Neeraj Kishan Kaul as to who would represent Delhi Police in the matter, the judge said, "I don't care a damn about it."

The tussle between the Centre and AAP government has led the Delhi Police to appoint lawyers from outside the pool of advocates notified by the city administration to appear for the agency.

"Don't trivialise the issue by your internal politics, because I don't care a damn about it. Tell me what has been done with regard to the custodial death. What are you doing about the delinquent police officers? Why have they not been suspended," the judge asked.

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