Gujarat DGP tenders apology to HC in contempt case

Gujarat Director General of Police S S Khandwawala has tendered an unconditional apology to the High Court in connection with a contempt of court complaint against him.

Last Updated: Jul 21, 2010, 00:22 AM IST

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Director General of
Police S S Khandwawala has tendered an unconditional apology
to the High Court in connection with a contempt of court
complaint against him.

The DGP apologised yesterday through an affidavit
filed before a Division Bench of Justices Jayant Patel and
Abhilasha Kumari.
Khandwawala was facing contempt charges for filing a
chargesheet against a woman who was already acquitted by the
High Court in an abduction case.

"I tender my unconditional apology to the court if any
of my act of commissions or omissions amount to contempt of
the court," he said.

The affidavit was filed in response to the court
direction last week on a petition of Sunita Yadav, a CRPF
Assistant Commandant posted in Jammu and Kashmir.

The DGP has said he did not know about the HC order
absolving Sunita in the abduction case. Following the apology,
the court directed Khandwawala to get her name deleted from
the chargesheet and file a compliance report by August 3.
According to case details, IPS officer O P Mathur (now
retired), had registered a case against Yadav, her sister
Sarita Sharma and five others, accusing them of abducting and
illegally detaining him in December 1996.

They allegedly wanted help from him in a murder case
in which Sarita`s husband was an accused. Later, Sarita filed
a cross-complaint against Mathur, accusing him of sexual
harassment and assault.

Following Sunita`s petition, the HC acquitted her in
January 1997.

The investigation was handed over to Khandwawala, who
was Additional Director General of Police at that time.

In September 2008, he filed a chargesheet against
seven people, including Sunita, before the court of Chief
Metropolitan Magistrate, Ahmedabad.

PTI