Two police officers apologised and a chief judicial magistrate filed an explanation in the high court for illegally detaining a 36-year-old management consultant at Sushant Lok police station.
The magistrate had told him to appeal for bail although the HC had quashed an FIR against him related to a dowry harassment case.
On March 11, the HC issued a show cause notice against Vineet Malik, accused in a dowry harassment case. But the FIR against him was already quashed by a HC judge.
The court then sought a reply from Bhardwaj, threatening to initiate contempt of court.
Malik, a resident of DLF City, was booked on charges of dowry harassment at Sushant Lok police station in 2008.
"I was detained illegally at Sushant Lok police station by Lal Kishan and Krishan Kumar for a night on January 30 this year, and produced before the chief judicial magistrate the next morning. I was released only after Bhardwaj told me to apply for bail," said Malik.
He said this issue has shown how police officials can take the law in their hands and defy rules.