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Illegal detention case: HC imposes Rs 25,000 fine on Punjab DGP Suresh Arora

The fine was imposed after he failed to file a reply in a case involving former senior superintendent of police, Moga, Raj Jit Singh Hundal.

punjab Updated: Jul 20, 2018 10:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Punjab director general of police Suresh Arora(HT File )

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Punjab director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora after he failed to file a reply in a case involving former senior superintendent of police (SSP), Moga, Raj Jit Singh Hundal.

At one point, the court was to summon the DGP for August 13, but was persuaded by law officers to exempt him from personal appearance following which the fine was imposed. The DGP had failed to respond to a May 22 order of the court in which his response was sought within two weeks on an affidavit submitted by Raj Jit. However, DGP failed to file reply even on adjourned date of July 19.

Arora’s response was sought in an alleged illegal detention case in which one Samanjeet Kaur, wife of Beant Singh of Moga, had approached the court on February 6 this year alleging that police picked up her husband and the court intervened to get him released from the Baghapurana police station. The warrant officer appointed had reported that local station house officer admitted of illegal detention without any FIR and DDR.

The officer had also produced a box in court in which some mobile bills of Beant Singh’s family recovered from police station were kept. On this, the HC had sought response from Raj Jit. According to the family, Beant Singh was kept in illegal detention for two days and was released when police got to know that family has moved court.

Raj Jit, in an affidavit filed on March 28, contradicted the court-appointed officer’s report and had submitted that there were complaints against Beant Singh also alleged of his links with unscrupulous elements. Now, it was also claimed a DDR existed and case too had been registered against Beant Singh.

On May 22, the court had taken serious note of SSP’s affidavit and called for DGP’s response as it found how an affidavit was filed by the SSP in contravention with the report of the warrant officer who had visited the spot and perused documents. Now, the DGP has to respond by August 13.

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 09:57 IST