Nagpur: A judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) on August 23 rejected police custody remand of Ashwin Ingale underlining violation of supreme court guidelines by Rana Pratap Nagar police in a case registered under Section 498-A of Indian Penal Code (IPC) filed by wife for alleged torture at in-laws place. No notice was also served to Ingale before arrest violating the guidelines laid down by the apex court.
The violation, now on record, may lead to departmental action against the investigating officer apart from a proceedings of contempt of court to be instituted by high court having territorial jurisdiction as per the order issued by the apex court. Apart from Section 498-A of IPC, Ingale was booked along with mother, maternal aunt, sisters and a woman friend under additional charges under Sections 323, 504, 506 and 406 of IPC following a complaint from his wife Rasika on July 23 at Rana Pratap Nagar police station for alleged torture at in-law’s place along with charges of assault, threatening and criminal breach of trust. A woman friend of Ingale was also made an accused as they were thought to be having an illicit relationship.
Ingale was arrested on August 22 from a kin’s place by cops from Rana Pratap Nagar police station. Sources claimed Ingale’s arrest was made under pressure from a top politician. He was produced before a JMFC court by the cops who pleaded for two days of custody till August 25. Police wanted to secure remand custody to recover ‘streedhan’ of the complainant that they had recorded as reason in the document of arrest.
The court, finding the cops’ motive for arrest unjustified, observed that there was no reason ‘concrete and meritorious enough so as to justify the arrest made by the investigation officer in this case’. The court further lambasted the police stating ‘the reasons mentioned by investigation officer are mostly vague, general and cryptic in nature’. The magistrate also observed ‘the investigation officer has not recorded satisfactory reasons in this case before arresting the accused, as has been directed by Hon’ble supreme court in authority of Arnesh Kumar (supra).’ In a similar manner, court also observed that police did not make any ‘serious effort’ to serve the accused notice before arresting him.
Ingale was sent to magisterial custody till August 31. Counsel Sameer Sonwane, representing Ingale, said he would soon file a petition against the police for irregularities
The killing of a wild sambar deer in 1998 has had to be buried 15 years on with the death of the veterinary doctor who identified the animal. What this means is that the six of the accused – the seventh one is dead – will get away scot free, thanks to the forest department sleeping for 12 years before filing a chargesheet.
Pawan Chandra Shetty, counsel of Prakash Shetty, the accused
A division bench of the High Court on Monday ruled that two minor children would live with their father and their maternal grandparents would have the rights to only visit them. That should have been the end of the case. However, the two families were involved in an ugly spat outside the court and almost came to blows in the presence of the children. Despite the best efforts of their advocates the warring parties left the court on a bitter note.
He is a senior Supreme Court lawyer who had fought the Indira Gandhi assassination case and the son of former Election Commissioner G V G Krishnamurthy. Yet, it took G Venkatesh Rao 12 long years to get a tenant evicted from his property in Indiranagar. The litigation proved costly, for Rao spent Rs 35 lakh, fought 15 cases and lost Rs 1.5 crore in rents and fell into debt.
MUMBAI: Women, children and physically handicapped persons, who are either witnesses or complainants, will not be summoned to police stations for recording of their statements from now onwards, the Bombay high court was informed on Monday.
The court was informed through a circular issued by Deven Bharti, inspector general of police (law and order).
The circular issued to all police stations across Maharashtra has directed police to ensure that women, children and physically handicapped are not summoned to police stations for recording of statements.
Asking the police to strictly follow section 160 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the circular states if the statement of any woman, child below the age of 15, and physically handicapped person is required, the policeman concerned will have to go to their residence and record the statement.
The circular was submitted to a division bench of justices AM Khanwilkar and AR Joshi during the hearing of a plea filed by an advocate Geetal Haldankar, who had alleged that when she had gone to lodge a complaint with the police against an estate agent she was made to sit in the police station till late in the night.
According to Haldankar, she had rented a flat in Diva in neighbouring Thane district through one Shubhda Narvekar. She was, however, not given an agreement by Narvekar.
Recently, when she returned from work, the landlord of the house had removed her lock from the door and put his own. When Haldankar approached the Diva police to file a case against Narvekar, the police there refused to take her complaint and made her sit there till late in the night.
Haldankar wrote a letter to the senior police inspector complaining about the behaviour of the police officials but did not receive any reply. The advocate later approached the high court seeking direction to police to lodge a case.
The high court was today also informed that Haldankar’s complaint has been lodged and investigations are on following which her petition was disposed of.
Woman arrested for lodging false complaint
Bangalore, March 7 2012, DHNS:
The KG Nagar police arrested a woman for lodging a false complaint that she was robbed of her gold chain by unidentified persons.
On Wednesday morning, Bhagyalakshmi had gone to her relative Shanthakumar’s house in KG Nagar, and left her gold chain in the bathroom. She went out thereafter.
Once she reached Allama Prabhu Road, she reportedly called Shanthakumar and told him that two men accosted her and robbed her of the gold chain.
Shanthakumar rushed to the spot, and took her to the police station to lodge a complaint.
When the police took her to the spot where she was supposedly robbed, her replies raised suspicions.
Meanwhile, a domestic help at Shanthakumar’s house found the gold chain in the bathroom and alerted him. The police then confronted Bhagyalakshmi, who admitted that her complaint was false. She was subsequently arrested. Further investigations are on.