The Bombay high court on Wednesday directed the director general of police (DGP) to hold a departmental inquiry against the then assistant inspector of Wadala TT police station, Tukaram Jadhav, for arresting a slum dweller in a non-cognisable case and allegedly detaining him for more than 24 hours.
The division bench of justice SC Dharmadhikari and justice SB Shukre also expressed displeasure over the casual approach of senior police officers in dealing with complaints against police personnel.
“Allegations against police officers are taken very lightly, and citizens are never informed about the outcome of their complaints,” the judges said.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Chandrakant Vannam and his wife Ratna from Sion Koliwada. In September 2012, when they carried out repairs to their house, a neighbour lodged a police complaint alleging illegal construction.
Assistant police inspector (API) Jadhav recorded a noncognisable complaint and on September 9, 2012, summoned the couple and five labourers engaged by them to the police station.
The labourers were let off after the couple paid Rs1,200 for each, but Chandrakant was arrested after he failed to pay Rs12,500.
The next day, he was produced before a magistrate and released on bail.
Chandrakant complained to senior officers about the API’s high-handedness, but in vain.
He eventually moved the high court seeking action against him and compensation of Rs5 lakh.His counsel, Sanket Patil, on Wednesday pointed out that Chandrakant could not have been arrested in a non-cognisable case.
He also pointed out an earlier HC ruling that the police can not levy fines on any one.