Had there been a strong whistleblower protection law in force, Sanjeev Sharma wouldn’t have to be brought to the Delhi High Court on a stretcher on Thursday.
Sharma’s 61-year-old mother has been hiring an ambulance to bring her bed-ridden son to the high court to attend the hearing of the writ petition he filed against the builder mafia of south Delhi’s Chirag Dilli.
His only fault: He tried to expose the mafia by filing a writ petition in the Delhi High Court against illegal construction in the Chirag Dilli area. He was brutally beaten up by the builder against whom he had filed the petition in the high court.
A lawyer by profession, Sharma had moved court after police and MCD failed to take any action against the builders.
“Surinder Shehrawat, a builder, has made illegal additions to a building in Chirag Dilli. I registered a complaint with the authorities but no action was taken. After that, I moved court,” said Sharma, 38.
After he moved court on February 1, Sharma got several threats from builders. “I requested the SHO of Malviya Nagar to provide me protection but nothing was done by the police,” Sharma added.
On the morning of February 15, when he was returning home on his bike from Saket, he was stopped by a car near Bhagat Singh College. “Two men in an Innova car stopped me near Bhagat Singh College. They suddenly started beating me brutally with baseball bats. As I was wearing a helmet, I didn’t get any head injuries,” Sharma said.
He was admitted to AIIMS trauma centre with severe injuries. “The goons kept beating me for 10-15 minutes in broad day light and no one came forward to help me. The incident took place around 11: 20am and there were a lot of people around. The police still haven’t made any arrests in the case,” Sharma added.
Confirming the incident, the crime branch of police said that a case has been registered against the builder but no arrest has been made. “No arrest has been made as the builder is on the run. We are trying to trace his whereabouts,” said a senior crime branch officer.