The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Mansa senior superintendent of police (SSP) to conduct an inquiry into the allegations of harassment against the Bareta station house officer (SHO) as the complainant had highlighted the unauthorised construction of a colony.
The directions came from the division bench headed by chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri on Thursday on a petition submitted by Satgur Singh of Bareta.
The court was informed that since the petitioner had filed a public interest litigation in the high court, seeking prosecution of certain people who had carved out an unauthorised colony, Model Town, in Bareta, SHO Yadwinder Singh had threatened him that in case he did not withdraw the PIL, he would be implicated in a false case.
The petitioner also alleged that Raj Kumar and Megha Singh, co-owners of the land under the unauthorised colony, had also visited his house and threatened him.
The petitioner had alleged that certain people had carved out the unauthorised colony without getting approval from the Bathinda Development Authority and it was, therefore, liable to be demolished.
The Mansa SSP has to submit his inquiry report to the high court on May 2.