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DCP has personal interest in matrimonial dispute: Petition

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) K.M.M. Prasanna has been interfering in a matrimonial dispute and taking personal interest in the case, alleged a petition filed in the Bombay High Court.

mumbai Updated: Jun 19, 2010 01:28 IST
Urvi Mahajani

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) K.M.M. Prasanna has been interfering in a matrimonial dispute and taking personal interest in the case, alleged a petition filed in the Bombay High Court.

A division bench of Justice B.H. Marlapalle and Justice A.V. Mohta on Thursday directed the inquiry officer to conclude the hearing by June 30 in a chapter proceeding case against Tabrez Shaikh “without waiting for instructions from higher ups.”

Shaikh filed the petition alleging that Prasanna has been taking personal interest in his case hearings.

“Let the officer conclude the inquiry and pass order without interference from anyone. Let us see what order he passes,” remarked Justice Marlapalle.

Rizwan Merchant, Shaikh’s lawyer, argued that chapter proceedings were initiated against Shaikh on the basis of series of complaints filed against him by his estranged wife Kamar Jahan Shaikh.

Chapter proceedings are proceedings initiated for the externment of a habitual offender. An assistant commissioner of police (ACP) conducts the hearings in chapter proceeding cases in his capacity as an executive magistrate.

Merchant said when the ACP was conducting the hearing in February the wife recorded her statement.

“However, she refused to sign the statement saying she would do so only after the DCP sees it and okays it,” argued Merchant.

The entire episode is a part of the roznama (record) of the hearings, added Merchant.

After Kamar Jahan alleged harassment, Shaikh got anticipatory bail from sessions court in 2009. While granting him anticipatory bail, the court had observed that no case of harassment was made out, argued Merchant.

Additional Public Prosecutor Prajakta Shinde told the court that the next date of hearing before the ACP is on June 26.

The judges have asked the ACP to complete the hearing by June 30.

“We will take up the petition for hearing on July,” observed the court.