A MHOW court has taken cognizance of allegations against the Defence Estates Officer (DEO), Cantonment Executive Officer (CEO) and five others in two different but similar cases filed through private complaints.
Second Class Judicial Magistrate Sadhna Maheshwari on Friday passed directives to get a case registered under sections 427 and 428 of IPC against the DEO Shobha Gupta, CEO Nigar Fatima Hussein, Ajay Diwane, H S Kolay, Mukesh, Rajaram and Balwant after taking cognizance of the allegations of Lokesh Methi and Sharad Pancholi.
The private complaints were filed by both for illegally and unauthorisedly entering their premises and forcefully taking away goods worth Rs 1.50 lakh with them.
The incident occurred on October 18, 2005 when the joint teams of CEO and DEO raided the shops of Lokesh Methi and Sharad Pancholi situated in the Bungalow no 90 on Indore road.
The men who had come in truck and Maruti van took away marble and other items with them. On this, the two reported the matter to Mhow police station but when the police didn’t take any action in this case, they filed separate private complaints in the court of Sadhna Maheshwari.
In Friday’s hearing of the statements and related evidence produced by the complainants the court directives to register cases under Sections 427 & 428 and asked the complainants to fulfill the formalities so that the summons could be issued to the respondents to ask them to appear in the court on January 7, 2007.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Nigar Fatima Hussein said that she does not have the details of the judgment passed and has asked the government advocate for the details. Cantonment Board Mhow legal advisor Mohanlal Sharma told Hindustan Times that the court has not yet taken the statements of CEO and DEO staff and the order passed is not final.