Motion initiated in opposition to policemen in Palghar lynching case, Maharashtra tells SC : The Tribune India

2020/10 07 14:10

New Delhi, October 7

Maharashtra authorities knowledgeable the Supreme Court docket on Wednesday that motion has been initiated in opposition to some policemen in reference to the alleged lynching of three individuals, together with two seers, in Palghar district in April this yr.

The state authorities informed a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan that it has filed an affidavit final month by which it has given numerous particulars, together with motion taken in opposition to policemen for alleged dereliction of duties within the case.

“We have now positioned on file all of the actions taken by the state,” the counsel showing for Maharashtra informed the bench, additionally comprising Justices R S Reddy and M R Shah.

Maharashtra Police had final month filed the affidavit within the high courtroom saying that motion has been taken in opposition to 18 personnel, starting from dismissal from service to wage cuts.

The apex courtroom was listening to the pleas, together with these searching for separate probes by the CBI and the NIA into the alleged lynching.

The three victims from Kandivali in Mumbai had been travelling in a automobile to attend a funeral at Surat in Gujarat amid the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown when their car was stopped and so they had been attacked and killed by a mob in Gadchinchile village on the evening of April 16 within the presence of police.

The victims had been recognized as Chikne Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri, 70, Sushil Giri Maharaj, 35, and Nilesh Telgade, 30, who was driving the car.

Through the listening to, carried out by way of video-conferencing, one of many petitioners claimed they’ve the round 1000-page affidavit filed by the state on Tuesday evening solely. 

“Why is everyone submitting reply on the final second,” the bench mentioned, including that it will grant time to the petitioners to file their reply.

A lawyer representing one other petitioner argued that one wing of the state equipment is investigating the opposite wing within the case and this may not encourage confidence.

“We’ll take into account it. We have now not learn the affidavit. How can we resolve it right now? Let the petitioners file their reply then we’ll take it up,” the bench mentioned.

The bench referred to the sooner order handed by it asking the state to carry on file the small print of enquiry, together with motion taken in opposition to the police personnel, within the case.

The state’s counsel mentioned these particulars have already been positioned on file.

“Motion has been initiated in opposition to policemen. One policeman has been dismissed, a few of them have been compulsorily retired,” the state’s counsel mentioned, including that cost sheet has been filed within the case.

The bench has posted the matter for listening to within the week commencing November 16.

“An affidavit has been filed by the state. Let the petitioners file a reply to the affidavit inside two weeks,” the bench mentioned in its order.

In an affidavit filed within the high courtroom, the state police mentioned it has punished “delinquent” policemen for his or her dereliction of duties within the alleged lynching of three individuals in Palghar district.

The affidavit mentioned as many as 18 delinquent police personnel have been awarded various punishments and a few of them have been dismissed from service and a few of them have been compulsorily retired.

Some delinquent cops have additionally been punished with the wage cuts, it mentioned.

It mentioned that state’s legal investigation division has to this point filed two cost sheets within the case.

A few of the pleas filed within the apex courtroom have alleged that investigation by state police was being carried out in a biased method. PTI


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