Based on a complaint filed by a social worker, the Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate Court on Friday directed the Vakola police station to register a first information report against Director General of Police A.N. Roy and seven other police officers for allegedly issuing detention order on the basis of allegedly forged documents.
Social worker Raj Awasthi has alleged that Roy had issued a detention order against him under the Maharashtra Prevention of Slum Lords, Drug Offenders and Dangerous Person (MPRD) Act without checking the authenticity of the documents produced by other officers.
“The matter is sent to the Vakola police station for investigation. The Vakola police will register the FIR and, after investigation, the report will be submitted to the court,” read the copy of the order.
Despite repeated attempts, Roy for unavailable for comment.
“In October 2005, within a couple of days the police registered a case of assault and extortion against me after which the MPRD order was issued,” said Awasthi.
Roy, then commissioner of Mumbai police, had ordered the detention of Awasthi on December 29, 2005. Awasthi was arrested on January 3, 2006. However, after Awasthi moved the Bombay High Court, the detention order was quashed.
Awasthi then applied under the Right to Information Act with the Mumbai police. “I found that some of the documents, on the basis of which the MPRD orders were issued, never existed and subsequently I filed a complaint in the sessions court on December 2007.”
Awasthi’s lawyer, Anjali Iyer, said the sessions court directed the Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court to take necessary action.
Roy and other officers will be charged under sections 166 (Public servant disobeying law, with intent to cause injury to any person), 196 (Using evidence known to be false), 466 (Forgery of record of court or of public register), 469 (Forgery for purpose of harming reputation), 471 (Using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), and section 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) among others.