The Bombay High Court has asked the city police to explain about issue of an identity card to an informant which has allegedly been misused.
The Bombay High Court on Friday sought reply from the police commissioner D Sivanandan within two weeks about the practice on a petition filed by one Vikas Ganeriwal who complained that an informant was using an I-card given to him by police, to bully people and settle personal disputes.
Sivanandan will have to file a personal affidavit in this regard.
According to advocate Ashok Sarogi, Ganeriwal's lawyer, assistant police inspector Manjardekar of Sakinaka police station had issued an I-Card identifying one Zunzunwala as `friend of police' and `undercover agent'.
The I-Card bore official seal, he said, adding that police had no powers to issue any such card to informants.
Ganeriwal had lodged a police complaint against Zunzunwala's relative in a cheque bouncing case, and the latter allegedly pressurised him to withdraw it, claiming to be a police officer, on the basis of the I-Card.
Conceding that police can not issue such cards, additional public prosecutor FR Shaikh said that he would take up the issue with Sivanandan next week.