Illegal detention: SHRC for CBI probe


The Commission has ordered the suspension of the main accused in the case - Police Inspector M S Ashok, Sub-Inspector Kempegowda and Assistant Sub-Inspector T C Chandrashekar until the inquiry is completed.

Commission’s Chairman Justice S R Nayak has also ordered disciplinary action against DCP Basavaraj Malagatti and ACP Ramachandra for failure to prevent and abetting human rights violation.

The Government has been ordered by the Commission to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 to Suresh, the man who was illegally detained by the police.

The Commission has asked the Home Department to submit a compliance report on or before September 24. Two weeks have been given to the Government to raise objections, if any.

The order came in the wake of a complaint lodged by Suresh’s wife, Vasanthamma. In her complaint, she had stated that her husband was arrested by the police on July 26, 2009 without any reason and the police demanded a 80 gm gold chain for his release.

Based on her complaint, SHRC had gone to the police station, but could not find Suresh there. Later it was found that Suresh had been detained for three days and then taken to another place. The Commission has expressed its unhappiness at this blatant violation of human rights.

In its order, the Commission states, “Instead of policing through humane legal means and methods, the police continue to use threats, indulge in various kinds of crimes and custodial tortures which are most heinous and barbaric, as a primary crime investigation and law enforcement tactic.”

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