judicial probe into sho's role

Adv P & H High Court Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH: Not satisfied with the claims of senior police officials in the case of a dispute over possession of house in Sector 8, Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday directed chief judicial magistrate, Chandigarh to conduct a fact finding inquiry into the allegation of police conniving with one of the contenders. Chandigarh SSP Naunihal Singh had given a clean chit to SHO of Sector 3 police station, Poonam Dilawari, in this dispute.

It has been alleged that despite HC directions, the possession of the disputed property was handed over to the opposite party with the help of police. Earlier on December 22, 2011, Justice Surya Kant had directed the SSP to visit the house personally and verify if any court orders were flouted. HC had also directed that investigation in the case should be handled by a DSP rank officer.

When the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday, SSP submitted an affidavit stating that he had met both the parties involved and had not found any violation of HC orders. a??On the basis of his personal visit and having met all the sides and on the basis of documents provided by parties, I have not found any violation of any HC order and there has been no change in status between the parties as it existed on December 22, 2011,a?? SSP added. In her application, Manavjeet Kaur of Sector 8 informed that in December 2010 HC had ordered not to handover possession of the house to any party but despite the orders Dilawari misused her official position to favour the rival party.

Besides the SSP, Dilawari also filed a reply on the issue stating that investigations conducted by her were impartial and if HC considers that she had flouted any order, she tenders unconditional and unqualified apology.
SOURCE: The Times of India



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