The Bombay Court on Monday extended the stay on a magistrate’s order directing the police to file a first information report (FIR) against state Director General of Police A.N. Roy and six other officers till January 13.
Seeking the quashing of a magistrate’s court order, the state government contended: “The same [magistrate’s order] will affect not only the reputation [of the officers] but also affect the other cases in which they are investigating officers”.
On December 26, 2008, the Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court had directed the Vakola police to lodge an FIR against Roy and six other police officers on a complaint filed by social worker Raj Awasthi, who alleged that he was illegally detained under the Maharashtra Prevention of Slum Lords, Drug Offenders and Dangerous Person Act without checking the authenticity of the documents.
Roy, then Mumbai police commissioner, had ordered detention of Awasthi on December 29, 2005, who was later arrested on January 3, 2006.
Last week, the government had filed a petition in the HC seeking the quashing of the order stating that the officers were “falsely implicated in the matter as there is no specific role attributed by the complainant (Awasthi).”
Besides, the officers were discharging their official duties on “correct information received from respective persons and taken necessary steps as per the law”, the petition stated.