THE POLICE on Tuesday refused to register a case against former chief minister Digvijay Singh who had allegedly beaten up a man after he intercepted his cavacade in Ujjain on Monday.
The police instead advised the complainant, Anil Chandel, to approach a court. Superintendent of police Jaideep Prasad said no major injury - internal or external – had been reported in Anil Chandel’s medical examination. Hence the police concluded that it was a non cognizance offence and does not merit police intervention, Prasad said. Chandel has been advised under section 155 of the CrPC to approach the court directly, he added.
Anil Chandel said a case under section 323 of the IPC, which relates to scuffle, should be registered on his complaint and alleged that the police are not doing this due to political influence. He said he would lodge a private complaint before the court.
Digvijay Singh reportedly hit Chandel on his face on Monday after a group of Kshatriya community members led by Chandel blocked his car and asked him not to attend a Kshatriya Mahasabha meeting. The demonstrators had shown black flags and intercepted Singh’s vehicle.
Meanwhile, the SP has suspended two police officers holding them responsible for failure in controlling the protesters. The suspended cops are R R Malviya, in charge of the Dewasgate police station, and B M Swarnakar, in charge of the Kotwali police station.
Chandel’s wife dismissed from MiC Meanwhile, Shashi Chandel, wife of Anil Singh Chandel and head of the water works department in the Congress-ruled Ujjain Municipal Corporation, has been shown the door. Mayor Soni Meher said Shahi Chandel had participated in Monday’s protest against Digvijay Singh.
Her act was a violation of party discipline and hence the Mayor in Council (MiC) decided to dismiss her, the Mayor added. Shashi Chandel said that she has been dismissed to put pressure on her husband to withdraw his complaint against Digvijay Singh. She said the MIC post is not important for her but law must prevail against Singh who committed the attack.
Shashi Chandel had won the corporation election as an independent candidate a year ago but was inducted by the MIC as the Congress was lacking majority.