Police personnel, including a station house officer (SHO), who allegedly raided and seized articles from a house without a valid search warrant in New Delhi, have incurred the wrath of a city court which ordered filing of an FIR against them for committing theft and trespassing.
"I am of the opinion that on the basis of admitted facts, prima facie offence of theft and house trespass seems to have been committed by Pankaj Sharma, SHO of PS Khajoori Khas, ASI Rajender Singh and Inspector Vijay Bhushan," Metropolitan Magistrate Sonu Agnihotri said.
The court asked DCP (north-east Delhi) to personally probe the role of the policemen and add names of other officials as accused who had accompanied in the alleged raid conducted at the house of complainant Rita on March 2, 2009.
"Entering into house where the complainant is presently residing without obtaining search warrants from the court to seize article, which is allegedly the case property, shows the the intention on the part of respondents (police officials) to disregard the law of land," the court said.
Asking the DCP concerned to file a compliance report within a week, it said the police officials attempted to "bypass" the court.
The court's order came on the plea of Rita accusing that police officials illegally raided her house at Karawal Nagar here following an FIR that she and her family members were not the real owners of the house.