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Accused men strip in court

Two men, accused of tax evasion, stripped in court recently to show the marks of alleged custodial torture. They pleaded before the court to save their lives, reports Sumit Saxena.

delhi Updated: Nov 16, 2009 00:29 IST
Sumit Saxena

Two men, accused of tax evasion, stripped in court recently to show the marks of alleged custodial torture. They pleaded before the court to save their lives.

Taken aback by imprints of beating, Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Pandey said: “Do not fear for your lives. I have seen your condition with my own eyes. You are in court and the law will protect you.”

Vinay Kanodia and Siddhartha Dixit, arrested by officials of the Director General of Central Excise Intelligence, are charged with alleged tax evasion.

“We were stripped and brutally beaten up in custody. Judge sahib please save our lives or these officers would kill us,” said Kanodia in the court on Thursday.

“If there are any more atrocities, I will commit suicide,” Dixit said.

Both men told the court that DGCEI officers thrashed them at their zonal office in RK Puram after picking them up on November 10.

Dixit took off his trousers in court to show torture marks on his buttocks. The judge observed he had dark blue marks. Similarly Kanodia took off his shirt to show blue marks and bruises on the back of his shoulder and right hand.

The judge said “Siddhartha and Vinay should be again medically examined at RML hospital”.

The judge stopped the DGCEI officers from taking the accused to the hospital.

He directed the in-charge of the lock-up to take the accused to RML hospital and submit a report to the court on November 19. The judge noted that DGCEI officials had no information about the time and place of arrest of the accused in their arrest memos. Moreover, the case file did not contain any summons issued to either of the accused.

Satish Agarwal, counsel for DGCEI, denied the allegations.

He submitted that the men were arrested as per an arrest memo dated November 11, 2009.

Cop slammed for declaring editor criminal

A city court has ordered criminal proceedings against an official of Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) for declaring the editor of a news magazine the city’s most wanted criminal.

Lashing out at police officials Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Pandey said the police cheated the court and fabricated a false theory to implicate Nusrat Ali, editor of Hindustan News magazine.

Investigating officer Arun Kumar had “lied” to the court that the anticipatory bail plea of Ali, who was shown as an accused, was dismissed three times by a lower court.

Ali got anticipatory but despite that Kumar frequently issued non-bailable warrants against him and uploaded his photo on the list of most wanted criminals on Delhi Police’s website and published it in leading newspapers.

Kumar, through additional public prosecutor SK Dass, told the court the warrant against Ali was issued in due course of law, as he was avoiding arrest. The court rejected his contention.