The cops posted at Sarabha Nagar police station faced the ire of a local court on Friday for releasing a dowry harassment accused in a case lodged by Sonia Heera, daughter of senior Akali leader Malkit Singh Birmi.
The court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Ranjeev Kumar on Friday recommended stringent action against the investigation officer sub-inspector Navdeep Singh. The court also issued non-bailable warrants against all accused named in the FIR. The court has also asked the police to depute an inspector-level officer to investigate the matter and report the developments to the court on weekly basis.
Sonia, through her counsel Harpreet Sandhu, had moved application against the police officials that set her husband Maninder Singh Heera free without producing him before a court.
In the orders, the CJM said the court was not satisfied with the investigation into the case. An FIT in the said case was registered only after senior police officials had done a detailed probe and found Maninder Heera prima facie guilty. Maninder was arrested by Ludhiana police and set free without even producing him before a court.
Harpreet Sandu said that the orders also stated that the complainant was at liberty to approach to the commissioner of police, Ludhiana, for appropriate administrative action against the erring cops for not performing their duty in a satisfactory manner.
The case has been adjourned to July 5.
It is pertinent to mention that in an application submitted in the court regarding non-production of the accused before the court, the complainant stated that on May 20, a police party from Sarabha Nagar police, headed by sub-inspector Navdeep Singh went to Amritsar and apprehended one of the dowry harassment accused, Maninder Singh Heera, from Heera farm house, Ajnala Road, Amritsar. The police also recovered a Chevrolet Cruze and certain dowry articles from the spot. But instead of producing the accused in the court, the investigating officer released him against any such provision under the law.