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Advocate runs from pillar to post to get justice

punjab Updated: Mar 07, 2013 22:21 IST
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If a practicing advocate cannot get justice from police, one can well imagine the plight of the common man.

Nandeep Plato, an advocate at the district courts, has been making rounds of the offices of senior police officers and the Ajnala police station for getting a case registered against those who had tried to take possession of his property, a shop located in the main bazaar in Ajnala town, his ancestral place.

This too, after an inquiry clearly went in his favour and the district attorney (legal) recommended to the police that it was a fit case for registration of a case against those who had trespassed into the lawyer's property and had tried to take possession.

Giving details to mediapersons and armed with legal documents on Thursday, Navdeep said he had filed a case against Satwinder Singh, who was his tenant, for eviction of the shop on the grounds of 'bonafide self need'. In July 2009, the lower court decided the case in Navdeep's favour and subsequently the tenant went to appeal in the higher court.

“The higher courts, including the Punjab and Haryana high court, ruled in my favour and in March, 2012, the court directed the tenant to vacate the premises (shop) by December 31, 2012. Subsequently the possession was given to my father on January 3,” the advocate stated.

However, the following day when his father went to get the shop cleaned up, he found around 10-15 youths sitting there. According to the advocate, these youngsters, who enjoyed political patronage, at first, refused to vacate the shop and threatened his father but ultimately police intervened and the youths left the place.

The advocate thereafter met the border range IGP and sought registration of a case against people who had occupied the shop and threatened his father. He also met Amritsar (rural) SSP PS Virk, who marked an inquiry to SP (detective) Jagdeep Singh. The inquiry report was thereafter forwarded to DA (legal) for his opinion.

While showing documents, Navdeep said the DA (legal) in his recommendations clearly stated that a case under Sections 419, 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC should be registered against Satwinder Singh (tenant), Parminder Singh of Dayalpura village, Karan Jaspal Singh of Chamiari village and Kashmir Singh of Ajnala town. All the four were among those who had trespassed on the property and threatened Navdeep's father.

“In the last one month I have met Virk a number of times. I have met Ajnala DSP and even the station house officer (SHO) concerned but to this day a case has not been registered. If an advocate is meted such a treatment, you can well imagine the plight of the common man,” the advocate stated.

Official speak

Amritsar (rural) SSP PS Virk claimed that a case has been registered as recommended by the DA (legal). The case was registered on Thursday itself after the advocate had brought the issue before the media. The SSP had on February 13 sent a report to the Ajnala DSP and SHO for registration of the case, but the two did not comply with the orders.
“I have pulled up the two officials for negligence,” the SSP said.