The Maharashtra State Commission for Women recently ordered an inquiry into the raid conducted by Vishwas Nangre-Patil, additional commissioner of police for the west region, at a sundown party in Hotel Oakwood Premier, Juhu, on May 20.
The probe was ordered on the complaint prepared by former IPS officer and lawyer YP Singh, and submitted through social activist Santosh Daundkar. “The complaint was drafted after an in-depth analysis of specific legal provisions a nd facts related to the incident. It does not rely upon observations of a general nature, and instead cites specific legal provisions,” said Singh.
The police inquiry was ordered by Shomita Biswas, member-secretary of the commission, under the provisions of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women Act, 1993. “We request you [the police] to take cognisance of the complaint and hand over a copy of the report prepared after investigating into it,” Biswas stated in a letter to the city’s police commissioner on June 26.
“The police took urine and blood samples illegally. This is not provided for under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. Also, women were searched without following the mandatory procedure under the NDPS Act,” said Singh.
Besides, said Singh, once the freedom of a person is curtailed, it amounts to an arrest under the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. In this case, the women were kept under arrest until the urine and blood samples were given. Also, the prescribed procedure for arrest laid down by Supreme Court, was not followed, he said.
On May 20, around 100 policemen from the west region led by Nangre-Patil raided the hotel and claimed to have recovered 110 grams of cocaine, 64 grams of charas and MDMA tablets. Fifty-three men and 38 women who were present were subjected to medical tests thereafter. 44 persons were tested positive for drugs.