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Moga illegal detention case:High Court gives DGP Suresh Arora four weeks to submit report

The case pertains to illegal detention of Beant Singh in February. His wife had approached the court alleging that police picked up her husband and illegal detained him for two days.

punjab Updated: Sep 10, 2018 22:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Punjab director general of police,DGP Suresh Arora,Moga senior superintendent of police
Punjab director general of police Suresh Arora(HT FILE)

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday gave four weeks to Punjab director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora to submit a report in a illegal detention case involving controversial former Moga senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raj Jit Singh Hundal.

The DGP had told court that as per the probe report prepared by the Ferozepur range inspector general of police, there was no trespass in the house of Moga resident Beant Singh as police officials were accompanied by villagers.

However, petitioner’s counsel Pradeep Virk questioned the DGP’s stand submitting that illegality committed by the policemen is being justified. “How can police enter someone’s premises without any search warrant and how can DGP justify findings of report?”, Virk had submitted. Following this, the HC bench of justice Daya Chaudhary directed the DGP to submit report on four weeks.

The case pertains to illegal detention of Beant Singh in February 2018. The matter reached court in February when detainee’s wife alleged that police had picked up her husband. The warrant officer told the court that SHO admitted of detention but in an affidavit filed by Raj Jit, then Moga SSP, contradicted warrant officer’s report arguing that there complaints against the detainee. Following this, the high court asked DGP to explain how the SSP contradicted warrant officer’s report.

The DGP told the court that the detainee was brought to the police station on the direction of Baghapurana SHO Jangjit Singh by two cops Sukhdev Singh and Surjit Singh. The dereliction of duty by these two officials is being probed, the DGP said, adding that a departmental probe is also underway against the SHO. Raj Jit too has been asked to explain how he filed the affidavit in question, the DGP said.

The probe revealed that Beant is associated with the Shera Khuban gang and he had been uploading posts on his Facebook account that was why he was taken to the police station, the DGP said.

First Published: Sep 10, 2018 22:34 IST

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