HC begins hearing plea to strip Amod Kanth of police medal
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday
began hearing a plea for stripping former IPS officer Amod
Kanth of the President`s Police Medal which alleged that he
got it by suppressing his "misdeeds" during the 1984 anti-Sikh
Amicus curiae H S Phoolka told a single-judge bench of
Justice S Murlidhar that to secure the medal, Kanth concealed
from the President that he had allowed wrong implication of 15
Sikhs in a case involving killings of two of their relatives
in Paharganj area in an anti-Sikh riot case.
Phoolka argued Kanth also wrongly conveyed to the
President that he did a commendable job of maintaining law and order in the Central Delhi district, which he headed as deputy
commissioner of police during the riots, which broke in the
capital and elsewhere following assassination of the then
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh guards.
He also concealed that his area saw the murder of five
women and four children right under his nose, claimed Phoolka, adding he did not only fail to prevent the killings but also botched up the investigation of the case.
The police probe was not supported by the forensic
report in the case, resulting in its with drawl and letting
the accused involved in the killings go scot free.
At this stage, the court adjourned the hearing for
tomorrow, when Phoolka would again resume his arguments.
The Court was hearing a petition by Amrik Singh Lovely
and Trilok Singh seeking court`s intervention to punish the
police officers for "harassing and implicating them and his
family members in the false criminal case and for playing
fraud against the government of India for getting the
President`s Police Medal."
They said in the petition that a mob had collected
outside their Paharganj residence on Nov 5, 1984 and had
attacked their relatives, but the police, instead of arresting
the culprits, apprehended them.
They alleged Kanth took no steps to contain the mob,
and in fact even rounded up a six-month-old baby, and then
jailed everyone in the Daryaganj police station.
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