A man tired of prolonged justice shouted Sunny Deol’s iconic “tareekh pe tareekh” dialogue and went on to vandalize Delhi Court. The news agency ANI reported that the incident took place back on July 17 at the Karkardooma court in Delhi. After the incident, the accused was slapped with multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code by the Delhi Police.


Justice is a tricky abstraction. While it is sometimes delivered promptly before one could even catch breath and get a hold on things, at times, it is prolonged and a cause of anxiety on accused who await the judgement. In one such incident, a person created ruckus in a Delhi court and went on to shout an iconic dialogue from the film Damini starring Sunny Deol.

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Man Was Hearing Matter on Case Pending Since 2016

The part unusual and part hilarious incident took place at the Courtroom 66 in the Karkardooma court complex. On July 17, the person-in-question, Rakesh, was on a hearing on a matter that was pending since 2016.

Rakesh Loses Patience – in the most Bollywood Way

Naturally, Rakesh was frustrated by the matters pending since years and took his frustration out in the classic Bollywood way – by allegedly breaking computers, furniture in the Delhi Karkardooma courtroom number 66. The man while creating ruckus also shouted Sunny Deol’s iconic dialogue “Tareekh pe tareekh (date after date)” from the 1993 superhit film Damini.

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Accused Smashes Judge’s Dais Before Police Intervenes

Rakesh, a resident of Shastri Nagar, also went on to smash on the Judge’s dais (platform) in his frustration before the staff rose an alarm and called the police to control the man. Following his ruckus, the police arrested Rakesh and was presented before the court magistrate. The magistrate ruled to remand Rakesh into judicial custody.

Booked Under Assault to Public servant, Criminal Intimidation

After the Bollywood-esque venting of anger, Rakesh has been booked under multiple provisions of the Indian Penal Code. The Shastri Nagar resident has been booked under Section 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), Section 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), Section 427 (Mischief causing damage), and Section 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

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The Reference Behind the Meltdown

For the unversed, ‘Tareekh pe tareekh’ is an inconic dialogue given by Sunny Deol in the 1993 film Damini. In the film, Deol’s character played an alcoholic advocate who had reponed a case to fight for justice. The complete dialogue goes like – “Tareekh pe tareekh, tareekh pe tareekh, tareekh pe tareekh milti gayi My Lord, par insaaf nahi mila (Dates after dates, dates after dates, we are given dates after dates, My Lord, but never given justice).”

Watch the complete iconic scene here

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“Justice Delayed is Justice Denied” – The State of Pending Cases in India

It is said that justice delayed is justice denied. By that notion, the Indian judicial system denies justice to several hundreds of thousands of litigants due to lack of infrastructure and budget. As of July 17, 2020, a jaw-dropping 33.3 million cases were still pending in the district courts and 4.1 million cases were pending in the High Court. India’s apex court too faces a backlog of 65,000 pending cases as of January 1, 2021.

Further, a report by the Tata Trusts stated that one out four cases in lower courts have been pending for more than 5 years. Add to that the recent pandemic and the backlogs have gotten worse. With such large number of pending cases across all courts – it unfortunately makes sense that patience takes a back seat for some people.