HC begins hearing plea to strip Amod Kanth of police medal
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 00:24
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 riots.

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.


First Published: Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 00:24

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