Take immediate action against cops accused of Pilibhit: Allahabad HC in Uttar Pradesh

Hearing a petition from a former serviceman accusing a few police officers in Pilibhit of torturing and humiliating him earlier this year, the Allahabad High Court on Friday ordered the government of Uttar Pradesh to “take immediate action in accordance with the law against accused police officers ”.

A chamber of Justices Surya Prakash Kesarwani and Piyush Agrawal called on the government to ensure a “fair investigation” into the FIR and the counter-FIR filed in connection with the incident. The court also ordered the government to conclude the investigation and departmental proceedings against the accused police officers “as soon as possible, preferably within three months”.

The court stressed that the report of the preliminary investigation ordered by the police commissioner had not yet been submitted “even after three months”.

The court said it was “only after the video of the incident” went “viral on social media and a representation” was submitted by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara management committee by the through its president to the Interior Ministry in New Delhi, Police Superintendent Pilibhit has taken action.

In its 21-page ordinance, the judiciary observed: “Government servants are also servants of the people and the use of their power should always be subordinate to their duty of service. A public official if he acts in a malicious or oppressive manner and the exercise of power leads to harassment and agony then it is not an exercise of power but its abuse. No law protects against this.

The court also said that the harassment of an ordinary man by public authorities was “socially heinous and legally prohibited”.

In his petition, former soldier Resham Singh (41) said on May 3 his vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint in Pilibhit while he was traveling with his mother and two sisters. He claimed the vehicle was stopped by Deputy Inspector Ram Naresh Singh, Deputy Inspector Raees Ahmad and five to six officers.

Singh alleged that after beating him and his family members, the officers took them to Puranpur Police Station without the help of a woman. In the train station, he was reportedly stripped naked, tied to a cot and “badly beaten” for two hours. The petition also alleged that a lathi had been inserted “into the petitioner’s anus / rectum”. Singh also alleged that the police removed his turban.

The former serviceman and his family were convicted in an FIR, among other things, under sections of the IPC for disobeying an order duly promulgated by an official, assault or criminal force to dissuade an official from discharging. of his duty.

Advocate General (AG) Raghvendra Singh, arguing on behalf of the state government, argued that a “fair investigation is underway” and that a SIT has been formed. He also said that the petitioner “is trying to put pressure on the investigative agency” and that “such a person should not receive any redress”.