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‘Inaction against cow smugglers’: HC summons Hry DGP

March 30, 2019 07:25 AM

COURTESY HT MARCH 30

‘Inaction against cow smugglers’: HC summons Hry DGP
THE DIRECTION WAS ISSUED FOLLOWING AN ANTICIPATORY BAIL FILED BY A MAN BOOKED FOR COW SMUGGLING IN JUNE 2017

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court has summoned the Haryana director general of police (DGP) for poor handling of cow smuggling cases by Mewat police.

Haryana DGP Manoj Yadava has to be present on April 5 and has been asked to get the complete details of the FIRs registered in Mewat till date under the provisions of The Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act, 2015 in which the accused fled from the spot/ place of occurrence despite the presence of a police party.

The DGP has also been asked to state in how many cases disciplinary action was taken against the erring police officials on account of that lapse, if any. Besides the court has also sought details of cases under the 2015 Act in which the accused are yet to be arrested, total number of FIRs registered under the Act and how many accused have been convicted/ acquitted.

The direction was issued in an anticipatory bail matter filed by one Israil, who was booked in June 2017 at Nuh police station for cow smuggling. He had approached the high court on November,1 2018.

The court observed that it is very unfortunate that despite the presence of the full fledged police party and that too with prior secret information, the petitioner along with other co-accused successfully escaped from the place of occurrence in this case and till date investigating officials have not able to arrest the him.

The court took note of the affidavit filed by one ASI Rajesh Kumar, investigating officer of this case, who had shown the helplessness of the police party and escaping of the accused from the spot.

The high court bench of justice Mahabir Singh Sindhu observed that the court has come across a number of cases where FIRs have been registered under the provisions of the of 2015 Act, but the accused have generally fled from the spot despite information with the police, either prior in time or otherwise.

“This shows that there is complete inaction on the part of the police of Mewat or deliberately the accused are let to go; or there is a question mark for registration of these cases,” the court observed, adding that in view of this, the Haryana DGP should come present on the next date of hearing

 
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