The Bombay high court on Tuesday lambasted the state CID for their alleged inaction in an assault case filed against Omi Kalani, son of former Nationalist Congress Party MLA Pappu Kalani.
The court warned the agency that strictures will be passed if it is found that they have not taken any action in the case. “Ordinary citizens cannot survive in this state,” a division bench of justices VM Kanade and PD Kode said, adding it is not even the local police but the state CID which is acting in this manner.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Ulhasnagar resident Sunil Sukhramani who was threatened and assaulted by Kalani and other accused, who wanted him to withdraw the candidature of his aunt during the civic elections last year.
According to the petition, Sukhramani’s aunt Netu was contesting against Pappu Kalani’s wife Jyoti. It also states that Neetu is the wife of Mahesh, a corporator belonging to the BJP, due to which there was hostility between the two families.
The petitioner’s lawyer, Ganesh Gole, informed the court that his client was beaten up mercilessly while the police stood as silent spectators. The court was informed that a FIR was lodged in November last year under various sections of IPC and the Arms Act. Thereafter, a lower court had rejected the anticipatory bail filed by Kalani, and the high court too had rejected it and also declined to quash the FIR.
“Prima facie, the allegations appear to be true. It appears that the state has not taken any steps because the accused belong to the ruling Nationalist Congress Party,” justice Kanade observed.
“We will direct the home department to hold an inquiry against officers who were handling the case if inaction on their part comes to light,” justice Kanade warned. The court adjourned the hearing to August 23, and ordered the Thane police commissioner to give police protection to the petitioner.