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HC stays probe ordered by human rights body into harassment case

The Bombay high court stayed an order passed by the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) ordering an inquiry against two Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officers for the alleged custodial harassment of a Sikh businessman.

mumbai Updated: Apr 03, 2012 01:24 IST
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The Bombay high court stayed an order passed by the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) ordering an inquiry against two Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officers for the alleged custodial harassment of a Sikh businessman.

Acting on a petition filed by the DRI's Mumbai zonal unit, a division bench of justice VM Kanade and justice PD Kode also issued a notice to the registrar, MSHRC, and the Sikh businessman, Mohinderpal Gujral, who had been arrested by DRI for his alleged complicity in the fraudulent import of high-end cars. The matter is now posted for further hearing after four weeks. The incident allegedly took place on June 1, 2008, when a DRI team headed by senior intelligence officer DS Mehta, arrested Gujral after conducting raids at the businessman's Juhu residence. Mehta was acting on the orders of his senior C Jagiasi, an assistant director in the DRI, Gujral claims.

Gujral then approached MSHRC on June 23, alleging the senior DRI officers assaulted and tortured him in custody and also cut off his beard, hurting his religious sentiments. He alleged it was because he had refused to pay bribe amount of Rs25 lakh the DRI officials demanded.

On December 30, 2011, a bench comprising MSHRC chairman, justice Kshitij Vyas and justice VG Munshi directed the director general (DG), DRI, to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Jagiasi and Mehta.

The commission also directed the DG to take action against the two officers.