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SDM Tanvi Garg in soup over jeweller's detention

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 23, 2013
First Published: 00:06 IST(23/6/2013) | Last Updated: 00:07 IST(23/6/2013)

The UT sub-divisional magistrate (east), Tanvi Garg, may land in trouble as the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought report from UT police over alleged misuse of power and “illegal” detention of a city jeweller.

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The commission has directed the UT SSP to submit a detailed report, taking cognisance of the complaint filed by Pankaj Chandgothia, a social activist, who alleged human rights violation after jeweller Vikrant (26) was detained by the police after his Bolero jeep narrowly missed a collision with the official vehicle belonging to the SDM at 6 pm on April 17 in Sector 44.

The UT SSP has been directed to submit the report on the incident within four weeks.

Chandgothia had filed a complaint with the NHRC, New Delhi, against SDM (east) Tanvi Garg, her gunman, driver and UT police, seeking their suspension for allegedly manipulating the law and conniving with each other to deny freedom and putting him in “illegal” detention for 21 hours, without there being any cognisable offence against him.

Garg had courted controversy after the jeep being driven by Vikrant narrowly missed a collision with her official vehicle. Vikrant was picked from his residence on April 17 evening and kept in custody overnight. A case was registered against him.

“The very fact that the police left Vikrant after producing him before the SDM shows that Vikrant was not formally arrested. Thus, keeping him in lockup from 7pm on April 17 to 3pm on April 18 amounts to unlawful detention and violation of article 21 of the Constitution. Besides, this is also a violation of human rights,” said Chandgothia.

He claimed that impounding Vikrant's jeep was also illegal, as there is no allegation of any traffic violation committed by him.

In his complaint, Chandgothia said, “Following the deputy commissioner's intervention, the case was withdrawn and a sort of compromise was reached to avoid the administration being caught red-faced.”

He added that, “The NHRC complaint cannot be affected by any kind of alleged compromise between the parties and the case will reach its logical conclusion. So now the SSP will have to submit report after taking statements of all the parties, including Tanvi Garg.”

Total recall
April 17: Vikrant's jeep narrowly missed collision with the official vehicle belonging to the SDM.
April 17: UT police detained Vikrant and he had to spend night in the lockup, was kept under detention for over 15 hours.
April 18: Vikrant was granted bail by SDM Tanvi Garg.
April 30: Garg's driver withdraws complaint against Vikrant and he is discharged of allegations.

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