The Supreme Court on Friday refused to order compensation for a Delhi Police head constable who had been ‘wrongly’ portrayed in a video on social media.
The video, which went viral on social media, showed the allegedly drunk head constable swaying before ultimately collapsing inside a Delhi metro train coach last year.
A bench of Justices JS Khehar and C Nagappan said nobody’s fundamental rights were violated in the case, even that of head constable Salim PK.
“Nobody was guilty as neither the video was doctored, nor had the media circulated it with some ulterior motive,” the bench said.
“What can be done when nobody committed any wrong? You have already come back on duty,” the bench said.
The video titled as ‘Drunk Delhi Police man on Delhi metro — Funny’ was posted on Facebook and showed Salim struggling to hold on to a pole while swinging back and forth inside the moving metro coach.
Salim, who has re-joined the force, had later said that he was not drunk but at that time was losing consciousness because of a major blockage in his brain, while travelling home from work.
He said the video was circulated by news channels showing him as drunk, leading to his suspension. After Delhi Police gave him a clean chit, he was reinstated.
Caught on camera: Drunk Delhi Police cop tumbles in a Delhi Metro (Amateur video/Undated) pic.twitter.com/8oPN3DucM8— ANI (@ANI_news) August 23, 2015
Salim, a native of Kerala, said he had suffered a major brain stroke on January 9, 2012, while on duty. An immediate surgery left him partially paralysed and with a contorted face.
On August 19 last year, when the video was filmed, he was on duty.
Due to inadequate sleep and not having taken the required medicines, he experienced memory loss and drowsiness, resulting in a situation in which he could not even change his uniform, Salim had said.
Salim had sought directions to the Centre, Press Council of India, Delhi government, commissioner of police and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to take steps like publishing correct facts to ensure that he regained his lost dignity. He also sought for a reasonable amount as compensation or damages caused to him.
Since he joined Delhi Police in 1986, Salim has served in the security teams of Union food minister Ram Vilas Paswan and former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium.