Inspector Ziya ul Haq filed a petition before the Madhya Pradesh high court’s Jabalpur bench on Monday, seeking relief in the September 25 Balaghat case.
Haq, the Baihar police station in-charge, is among the seven policemen booked for attempt to murder, loot, house trespass, criminal conspiracy and rioting. All of them are suspended and are facing an SIT (special investigation team) probe.
Haq’s wife Shazia said the petition was filed on behalf of Haq by his counsel. The petition seeks quashing of the attempt to murder, loot and house trespass case lodged against him at the Baihar police station on September 26.
“It also sought revocation of his suspension, stay on his arrest and also a plea for probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the entire matter,” Shazia told Hindustan Times over phone.
The petition is supported by evidence, including a video purportedly showing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh pracharak Suresh Yadav comfortably seated during the medical examination by government doctors at Baihar police station on the night of September 25. Another video reportedly shows Yadav freely moving inside the police station on the same night.
Other crucial evidence includes a copy of the report of Yadav’s medical examination which doesn’t mention any serious or life threatening injury and suspected fracture. The report merely mentions about contusion, abrasion and swelling in hands, shoulder and back of Yadav.
The petition – once admitted by the high court – is likely to be clubbed for hearing along with a public interest litigation filed last week by Democratic Lawyers Forum president OP Yadav. The PIL was heard last by the high court on October 17. Yadav had appealed for revocation of suspension of the seven policemen.
After hearing the PIL, the high court had served notices to the state government, the National Human Rights Commission, the CBI, the DGP and the Balaghat SP. It had also directed the accused and suspended cops to individually file petitions for relief.