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Dead inspector's son challenges HC order

The son of Delhi Police Inspector Devinder Manchanda has moved SC challenging a Delhi HC order dismissing his plea, reports Satya Prakash.

delhi Updated: Aug 20, 2007 00:27 IST
Satya Prakash
Satya Prakash
Hindustan Times

The son of Delhi Police Inspector Devinder Manchanda, who committed suicide in October last year, has moved the Supreme Court, challenging a Delhi High Court order dismissing his plea that an FIR be registered against former city police chief KK Paul for allegedly abetting the suicide.

In his appeal, Prashant Manchanda said the High Court failed to appreciate the various instances specifically mentioned in the complaint, indicating that Paul constantly harassed his father that drove him to take the extreme step.

The appeal is scheduled to come up for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan on Monday.

The High Court had dismissed Prashant's plea observing: "The petitioner has failed to show that his complaint or suicide note prima facie discloses commission of a cognisable offence under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code."

Quoting a ruling by the Supreme Court that the police are duty-bound to register an FIR if information relating to a cognisable offence is given to the officer in charge of a police station, Justice SN Dhingra of the Delhi High Court had said the complaint must disclose abetment of suicide by the person named therein before an FIR could be registered.

Prashant alleged that the suicide note left by his father said he was taking the extreme step due to criminal intimidation by the then police commissioner over his (deceased's) failure to close a case against one of his (police chief's) friends as desired by him.

First Published: Aug 20, 2007 00:20 IST