The Gujarat High Court Tuesday issued notice to the state government on a petition moved by the father of a Dalit boy, who was killed in a police firing in Thangadh in 2012, seeking copy of an inquiry report prepared by an IAS officer which has not been made public till date. The petition has been moved by Valjibhai Rathod, 42, a resident of Ambedkarnagar, Thangadh. His 16-year-old son, Mehul, was killed in the police firing in September, 2012. Two other Dalit youths — Prakash Parmar and Pankaj Sumra — were killed in the police firing.
The petition mentions that five FIRs were lodged. While two of them culminated into chargesheets against Dalits, in the remaining FIRs, registered by parents and relatives of Dalit victims, the police filed a summary report. Following the incident, the state government appointed senior IAS officer Sanjay Prasad to inquire into the incident. In the same year, Prasad submitted his report to the then chief secretary. The petition mentions, “For the reasons best known to the state of Gujarat, the report of Sanjay Prasad is not being disclosed since 2012, stating that (the) same is confidential.”
The petition, moved in the court through senior lawyer Anand Yagnik, states, “The inquiry is not under the Commission of Inquiries Act which may give discretion to the state government to first place on the floor of the legislative assembly and take an action thereupon.” It says that “after receiving (report) if the government of the day has developed cold feet, presumably because of the fact that report could be against the police, in the facts and circumstances stated hereinabove, petitioner father has a right to know what is contained in the report, particularly when respondent state government has been consistently saying no for its disclosure.”