Maval firing: HC wants action taken report



Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Maharashtra government to state what action it has taken against errant officers in the Maval firing case.

A division bench of justices D D Sinha and V K Tahilramani was hearing two PILs filed by social activists seeking the case to be probed by CBI or any other independent agency.

The court was informed today that an FIR has been lodged by Maval police after an order by a magistrate there.

"FIR was registered in September. What is the progress? What action has been taken against errant officers," the court asked. The state government has been directed to file a reply within five weeks.

On August 9, police had fired on farmers who had gathered to oppose the state government's decision of laying a closed pipeline to supply water from Pavna dam to the limits of Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporation.

Farmers had claimed that due to closed pipeline they would not get water for their crops.

The police claimed that they fired to protect a fellow officer of Wadgaon police station, which is a right to self defence.

The PIL, filed by freedom fighter and social activist Balasaheb Jambulkar, who was also present at the time of incident, states that police chased people and fired at them.

Counsels for Jambulkar - Anil Anturkar and Sugandh Deshmukh - argued that three persons, including a woman had died in the incident. Anturkar argued that there are video recordings of police chasing people and firing at them.

"We tried to lodge complaint with local police concerned, however, they refused to take complaint since it was against their Superintendent of Police Sandeep Karnik," said Anturkar.

The lawyer argued that Karnik, who has since been transferred to Mumbai, also happens to be the son-in-law of then Maharashtra DGP Ajit Parasnis.

The other PIL has been filed by social activist I G Khandelwal seeking similar relief.

PTI