Cops not raiding probable hideouts of accused: HC - ECAS Punjab

Cops not raiding probable hideouts of accused: HC

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Chandigarh, November 4

The police visit only the residence or the workplace of the accused and not the places where he can be found, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asserted. An affidavit claiming that the Phagwara police could not arrest accused in a case as it was infected with Covid-19 has also failed to find favour with the Bench.

The rap for apparently carrying out a far-from-satisfactory probe came after the Bench was told the police had gone to the house and the workplace of the accused. But arrest could not be carried out as he was not found at those places. Taking up the matter, Justice Harsimran Singh Sethi asserted the allegations were very serious. The court was surprised at the reasons mentioned in the affidavit filed by the Phagwara Deputy Superintendent of Police for not taking action.

"From the pleadings and arguments of the state counsel, it comes out that the police, in order to arrest an accused, only visit the residence or the workplace of the accused and not the places where the accused can be found. This prima facie shows the attitude of the police qua the investigation being done in the present case, which is far from satisfactory," Justice Sethi asserted. The Bench also adjourned the hearing of the case to November 4 after the state counsel sought another opportunity to file a better affidavit to explain its conduct. The counsel added it would also give details of the status of the investigations and the efforts made by the police to arrest the accused "so as to investigate the FIR properly to unearth the truth".

The matter was brought to the High Court's notice after Kusum Sharma filed a petition against the state of Punjab and other respondents. In an affidavit filed during the course of hearing, she stated that the respondent-accused was the brother of an ex-mayor of the Phagwara Municipal Corporation. He was seen freely roaming within Phagwara and the fact could be verified from CCTV cameras located within the city. The petitioner's counsel further submitted that the respondent was seen accompanied by a gunman attached with his brother. — TNS

from The Tribune

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