Judge initiates probe in illegal hotel-police nexus
A city court judge has exposed the ceaseless nexus of policemen who imposed a meagre fine of R50 and facilitated the business of illegal hotels in Karol Bagh area of central Delhi.delhi Updated: Nov 02, 2010 00:46 IST
A city court judge has exposed the ceaseless nexus of policemen who imposed a meagre fine of R50 and facilitated the business of illegal hotels in Karol Bagh area of central Delhi.
The judge has directed the commissioner of police to initiate immediate probe against policemen involved in the racket including the SHO of the area.
Chief metropolitan magistrate Vinod Yadav said, "A meagre fine of R50 was imposed by policemen who allowed two hotels namely Vishal Residency and Vishal Heritage to run without any license to run a hotel or to supply edibles."
The court noted that the station house officer (SHO) of Karol Bagh police station covered-up the investigation in 28 cases filed against the hotels.
The judge shockingly said, "The aforesaid act of the SHO demonstrates that he is hands in glove with the accused persons."
The court noted that policemen in the local police station at the behest of the SHO stage-managed the court cases pending against the hotel owners, as no court orders were passed directing closure of these hotels. These cases were lodged against the two hotels between June to October this year.
The court said the policemen have no explanation, whatsoever, as to why cases were not filed in the court.
"Either the cases were prepared as eyewash or as a cloak to wash hands by the police before the court," said the judge.
The court directed the SHO to produce the owners of the two hotels before the court within a span of two hours.
Devesh, who approached the court giving elaborate details of the policemen and the growing hotel business nexus, filed a complaint before the judge. He told the court that three persons identified as Vishal Grover, Neeraj Grover and Dheeraj Grover are running these hotels with the support of the area SHO.
The judge, taking a strong view on the conduct of policemen, said, "Let the inquiry be conducted by the commissioner of police and report to be sent within one week."