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Caught in their own net: Chandigarh court orders FIR against two constables for false case

The cops had accused two men of assaulting them, CCTV footage showed the opposite.

punjab Updated: Nov 29, 2017 14:18 IST
Aneesha Bedi
Aneesha Bedi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The court also acquitted the two victims: Saurav Mahajan and Mohan Singh. (HT File )

A Chandigarh district courton Tuesday ordered registration of a first-information report (FIR)against two UT police constables — Mukesh and Devinder — for falsely implicating two persons in a fake case.

The court also acquitted thetwo victims: Saurav Mahajan and Mohan Singh.

While giving the directions, the court of judicial magistrate first class (JMIC) Jaspreet Singh said it was an “unfortunate case”thathad shaken thecredibilityofpolice officialsandunderminedthefaithofa commonmaninpolice,whichissupposedtoprotectlifeandliberty andmaintainlawandorder.

The court also directed the senior superintendent of police (SSP) to comply with the court directions.

The case dates back toDecember 15, 2010, when constables Mukesh and Devinder booked the two under Section332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)andSection 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act. It was alleged that SauravandMohanabused and manhandled the two cops. It was also alleged that Mohan thrashedDevendra.

Meanwhile, Saurav and Mohan approached the Punjab and Haryanahighcourtfor quashing theFIRonthegroundthat the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage proved their innocence.

The footage showed the two constables beating them, instead of the other way round. While the HC ordered tocheck veracity of the CD carrying the footage, charges were framed against them and trial began.

However, after hearing the arguments, the local court acquitted the two, as it had been established that the police started the scuffle.

First Published: Nov 29, 2017 14:12 IST