HC imposes cost of Rs 25K on SI for not filing FIR

 The High Court of Karnataka recently slammed a sub-inspector of police for not entertaining a complaint of a farmer and registering an FIR.

The Kalaburagi bench of the High Court imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 to be paid from the sub-inspector's pocket to the farmer for making him run around unnecessarily and driving him to the court for relief.

 Mareappa, a farmer from Naribole village in Jewargi taluk, Kalaburagi district, had approached sub-inspector Pradeep S Bhise in Jewargi police station to register a complaint against a person who had trespassed on his farm and had harvested his yield.

Mareappa, who had raised tur dal and jowar on his field, had approached the local tahsildar requesting him to provide protection to his crops as there was a threat by one Sharanappa, who claimed to own his field. Sharanappa had even threatened Mareappa’s family of dire consequences. The tahsildar had directed Jewargi police to provide protection to Mareappa’s crops. But despite directions, the police not only failed to protect the crop but had refused to register the farmer’s complaint.

Mareappa then wrote to the deputy commissioner and to the Superintendent of Police (SP) about his complaint not being registered. The petitioner had sent a copy of the letter to the Prime Minister, home minister, chief minister of Karnataka, home minister of Karnataka, president of the Human Rights Commission and to the Lokayukta office in Kalaburagi.

Despite sending several letters and appealing to the sub-inspector to register an FIR against Sharanappa more than 10 times, the police had not acted.

Justice B Veerappa passed an order directing Inspector General of Police, North East Region, Kalaburagi to initiate a departmental enquiry against Bhise for dereliction of duty and for violation of the mandatory provisions of section 154 of Code of Criminal Procedure.

He directed the additional chief secretary, Home Department, to take immediate steps and to ensure that the station house officers from all police stations in the state shall receive complaints and register FIRs without turning away citizens “who approach the police stations with great expectations”.

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