The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday issued notice to the UT administration, home secretary as well as inspector general police, sub-inspector Paramjit Kaur and accused Ranjit Singh in a writ petition filed by physiotherapist Navpreet Kaur of Sector 39, seeking a high-level inquiry for fixing the responsibility of the Chandigarh Police in connection with planting a false electricity theft case at her residence.
The case will now come up for hearing on May 24.
The petitioner stated that on April 16, the high court had directed the police to ensure protection to her from her neighbour Ranjit Singh, who was allegedly intimidating her.
However, the police provided security to her but only for a few hours daily and that too during the day time, thereby facilitating the incident of electricity theft at her residence.
The petitioner said on the complaint of an unidentified person, around 1.30pm on April 25, officials of UT engineering department conducted a raid and found a magnet lying on the electricity meter at her house. They registered a case of "theft of electricity" against her mother.
For avoiding an FIR to be registered against them, the petitioner's mother paid Rs 1.33 lakh by way of penalty to the engineering department.
The petitioner expressed apprehension that unless the police ensured compliance with the interim order of April 16 and provided full security to her family, there was every apprehension that similar false incidents might be created against them by the accused against whom an FIR under sections 384 (extortion) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC had been registered at the Sector 39 police station.
The police have so far not responded to the complaint.
Referring to the role of SI Paramjit Kaur of Sector-36 police station, the petitioner alleged that Kaur had been pressuring her to compromise with the accused, instead of constructing on her role to provide security to her.