A city court on Monday sentenced six UP policemen, including a Superintendent of Police, to two years in jail for illegally confining the relatives of a man and fabricating evidence against them for marrying a girl against her family’s wishes.
Additional Sessions Judge Poonam Chaudhary refused to take a lenient view against the guilty police men, saying they violated the rights of citizens instead of protecting them.
During the argument on the quantum of sentence, CBI prosecutor Anil Tanwar had sought strictest of punishment against the cops. He said the police officers violated the law by preparing false recovery memos and illegally detaining the victims.
The convicts' counsels sought lenient view, claiming their act was bonafide as the girl’s family registered an FIR in the matter.
The convicted police officers had on August 13, 1994 picked up Ghaziabad-based businessman Raj Pal Dhall and three of his relatives, including a woman, from their home and allegedly tortured them to extort "confessions".
The police action came after a case was lodged with Kavi Nagar police station against Dhall's son Atul who had eloped with Geeta, a neighbourhood girl, from Ghaziabad and married her at a temple in Delhi on August 12, 1994.
80-year-old Dhall, who pursued the case against policemen, expressed relief over the judgement but said that he would seek compensation for being forced to face "torture and trauma".