Kerala High Court Seeks Details Of Disciplinary Proceedings Against Cops Accused Of Assaulting Lawyer

Update: 2021-03-03 13:11 GMT

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the state police chief to produce the details of complaints received against two police officers and also to inform if there are any disciplinary proceedings pending against them.A single bench of Justice N Nagaresh passed this order while hearing a writ petition filed by Advocate C S Hemalal, who alleged that he was assaulted by two police...

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The Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the state police chief to produce the details of complaints received against two police officers and also to inform if there are any disciplinary proceedings pending against them.

A single bench of Justice N Nagaresh passed this order while hearing a writ petition filed by Advocate C S Hemalal, who alleged that he was assaulted by two police officers, Laisad Mohammad and P Sreekumar over a car parking dispute.

During proceedings in the High Court on Monday, Counsel for Advocate Hemalal called upon the State to place on record the cases pending against Laisad and P Sreekumar.

Submitting that there were a large number of cases pending against the officers, he asserted that his client was manhandled and described the treatment as 'inhuman'.

Responding to the submission, the Senior Government Pleader, Suman Chakravarthy submitted that reports can be sought from the first respondent, the State Police Chief.

At this, Justice Nagaresh queried the Senior Government Pleader as to whether there was any inquiry conducted against the police officers.

The Senior Government Pleader replied that he was aware of one inquiry pending, after an order by  Justice Abraham Mathew of the High Court. As regards other inquiries, he submitted that he needed to obtain instructions.

At this, the Court proceeded to dictate an order directing the first respondent (the State Police Chief) to produce details of complaints received against the officers, whether there were inquiries pending, and reports of these. The respondent has also been directed to inform the court as to the status of disciplinary proceedings instituted, if there were any.

With this direction, Justice Nagaresh directed the case to be posted on March 15


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