A Delhi court has ordered prosecution of an SHO and two sub inspectors of Delhi police for giving false evidence in a case resulting in the conviction of a South Extension-based businessman and his father.
The rare order, which can act as deterrence against policemen framing innocent people in false cases, came on the orders of the Delhi high court.
Manjeet Chugh, 37, at present the joint secretary of South Extension Part-I RWA, and his father Mohinder Chugh was acquitted by the high court in 2008 in the ‘attempt to commit culpable homicide’ case after the police confessed they had been framed.
Additional sessions judge Daya Prakash fixed July 20 for framing of charges against sub-inspectors Sunil Jain and Sandeep Sharma and inspector Ashok Kumar under sections 193 and 195 of IPC (giving false and fabricated evidence in court). If convicted, they face a maximum of seven years in jail.
Chugh’s ordeal began in February 2002 when he, fed up of alleged corrupt activities of policemen in South-Ex market, petitioned then police commissioner against several policemen, including SHO Kumar and Sharma.
Sometime later, Chugh and his father nabbed a thief inside their shop. The thief had sustained head injuries during his escape bid. Though he was arrested, SI Sharma, who was “deliberately” made the IO by the SHO, asked him to lodge a counter case, saying that he suffered the injury after Chugh hit him with an iron rod.
After an enquiry on Chugh’s plea, Defence Colony ACP and ACP (Vigilance), in separate probes, concluded the case was false, after which the police withdrew the case.