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Detailed probe report sought against senior cops Petitioners claim extortion of huge amounts via touts

October 02, 2018 06:06 AM

COURTESY THE TRIBUNE OCT 2

Detailed probe report sought against senior cops
Petitioners claim extortion of huge amounts via touts
Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1

More than a year after functioning of the Haryana Police came under the judicial scanner with the Punjab and Haryana High Court taking cognisance of a petition alleging extortion of huge amounts from innocent persons, the Bench has called for a detailed probe report from a special investigation team (SIT).


The direction came after the Bench was told that the SIT was not taking any action against senior police officers also named in the FIR.

Taking note of the allegations by counsel for Ashok Kumar and other petitioners, Justice Inderjit Singh directed the filing of an affidavit by the SIT head regarding investigations carried out so far in the matter.
The case would now come up for further hearing and arguments in the third week of November. The petitioners had earlier claimed that money was being extorted by police officials through touts.

Going into the background, the petitioners had stated that a case was registered on September 18, 2016, under provisions of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994, and Section 120-B of the IPC at the Tohana city police station.

After the arrest of some persons, the respondents had started getting confessional statements recorded and succeeded in getting the names of some persons included. They had reportedly started to exploit the situation to extort money.

Seeking directions for protection of life and liberty from the hands of respondents, including police officials and politically influential persons, the petitioners asked for directions to the state and other respondents for reinvestigation of the FIR by the Central Bureau of Investigation or another independent agency.

Taking up the matter in May last year, Justice Inderjit Singh had directed the Fatehabad Superintendent of Police to provide protection to the petitioners for deposing in courts in the case registered on April 27, 2017, under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and in the FIR dated September 18, 2016, under the PNDT Act

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