Court dismisses plea to lodge FIR against Delhi Police cops

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 16:06

New Delhi: A court here has dismissed a plea for lodging an FIR against Delhi Police officials, who had allegedly abused a boy and his father at a police station, after they refused to give bribe for parking their vehicles.

District Judge Ina Malhotra dismissed the revision plea filed by Sardar Manjot Singh, saying he "has not been able to satisfy this court" about what kind of probe he wants into the matter and even his application was declined by trial court.

"Given the facts that the accusation is made against the police officials, it is surprising that the complainant still wants to register an FIR in a matter to be investigated by the police themselves. I have asked counsel for the revisionist (Manjot) as to what investigation would be required in such a case. They asked for the call details to corroborate that the police control room was contacted by...(Manjot and his father) from the police station.”

"It is surprising that such a record was not procured by petitioner (Manjot) himself as there is no bar on a consumer asking for his own call details or the location from where they were made. It is also a well known fact that the mobile providers maintain the records only for six months and it is highly unlikely that the same exists," the court said.

The court`s order came on a plea filed by Manjot, who filed a revision petition against the magistrate`s decision declining to register criminal case against police officials of Amar Colony Police Station here.
Manjot had told the court that five of the cops including the then SHO of Amar Colony Police Station had concocted a false story and registered a criminal case against him and his father to hide their illegal action on them.

Manjot had alleged that he along with his father was illegally taken to the police station on June 29, 2012 after his father refused to give monthly bribe for parking his vehicle.

"Both were severely beaten. They sustained injuries all over their bodies including on their back, chest and below the left eye causing acute swelling and pain," Manjot`s counsel had told the court.

When the officials realised that the pain was a result of their alleged illegal action, they concocted the false story and registered a criminal case against them, the counsel alleged.

The counsel had further contended that to cover and give any justification of their action, they registered a false FIR against Manjot and his father alleging that they had parked their commercial vehicle in the middle of the road and when they were asked to remove it, they started abusing them.

"Allegations were made that the revisionist`s father beat head constable and tore off his uniform and attacked him with some sharp weapon. On these allegations, revisionist and his father were arrested," the counsel stated.

The court, while dismissing the revision petition said, "the grievance of Manjot is already a subject matter of adjudication in the complaint being entertained under Section 200 (examination of complainant after taking cognisance on offences alleged in the complaint) of the CrPC".
"The trial court shall come to its logical conclusions and is competent to deal with the alleged brutalisation by the respondents. Manjot appears adamant about registration of an FIR against the accused. The severity of a complaint under Section 200 CrPC is no less efficacious in any way than any FIR being registered in such a case.”

"If the trial court is convinced about the atrocities meted out to the revisionist, it shall culminate in suitable punishment," the judge added.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 16:06

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