Kanpur police station chief accused of land grab
For the past one year Allahabad-resident Ravi Bala Garg has been shifting from one city to another, under alleged threats to her life. Rajesh Kumar Singh reports.india Updated: Nov 02, 2009 23:11 IST
For the past one year Allahabad-resident Ravi Bala Garg has been shifting from one city to another, under alleged threats to her life.
A year ago she was living in her Rs 50 crore bungalow in the Civil Lines area of Allahabad.
The reason for her fears? The station house officer (SHO) of the Babupurwa police station in Kanpur, Dinesh Chandra Tripathi, who is a resident of Allahabad, allegedly grabbed her bungalow, demolished it with the help of the land mafia and warned her not to pursue the matter in court.
On Saturday, Ravi Bala Garg, 59, appeared in the CBI court in Lucknow in a case against Tripathi.
After hearing her plea, the court issued a non-bailable warrant against the SHO.
Tripathi got media attention after a case was lodged against Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and film actor Amitabh Bachchan at the Babupurwa police station by Kanpur-resident Shiv Kant Tripathi.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Garg alleged that a builder by the name Imtiaz Ahmed, considered close to mafia dons, got her land registered fraudulently in the name of his wife, Tabassum Ghazala.
Garg moved a petition in the Supreme Court, which put a stay on the sale/purchase of the property till the ownership dispute was resolved. But Ahmed grabbed a portion of the bungalow and gave it on rent to suspended police inspector Shatrughan Singh.
The SHO was asked by the state to probe the matter.
Garg said the SHO pressured her to sell the bungalow to a politician close to him and withdraw the case against Shatrughan Singh.
Then her bungalow was razed to the ground. When contacted, the SHO refuted the allegations made by Garg.