Family asks President and PM to stop AG from defending cops

  • HT Correspondent
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2016 11:42 IST

MUMBAI: The family of gangster Sandip Gadoli has written to the President of India, the Prime Minister’s Office, the union ministry of law and justice, and the government of Haryana, asking that Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi be told not to represent or defend the policemen accused of his murder.

Advocate Tanveer Nizam, counsel in the Supreme Court for Gadoli’s brother Kuldeep Singh, wrote the letter on behalf of his clients, in which he asked that Rohtagi be told to abstain from defending the state of Haryana in the case before the next hearing in the Supreme Court on July 13.

Nizam cited submissions made by the Maharashtra police in the Supreme Court, stating that as there is evidence against the Gurgaon police, Rohtagi’s decision to continue defending them is unconstitutional, considering he is India’s attorney general. He urged the authorities to intervene, claiming that as AG, Rohtagi has a duty to protect the fundamental rights of all citizens, including Gadoli’s relatives. He also claimed that representing the Gurgaon police or the state of Haryana “does not come within the constitutional ambit of the AGI”.

The letter reads, “In the last hearing on May 27, the Maharashtra police said the encounter was staged.

“Yet, AG Rohtagi continued to defend the state of Haryana and the guilty cops. He also opposed the demand for a judicial inquiry, which is compulsory according to the CrPC whenever a person dies in police custody. Hence, we request you to issue necessary directions to the AGI before the next date of hearing in the SC.”

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