For going it alone to arrest media baron,2 cops suspended

Two Chandigarh police officials were suspended on Saturday for proceeding on their own to arrest Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL) chairman T Venkatram Reddy without informing their seniors and following the proper procedure.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:March 31, 2013 12:38 am

Two Chandigarh police officials were suspended on Saturday for proceeding on their own to arrest Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL) chairman T Venkatram Reddy without informing their seniors and following the proper procedure. The two have also been accused of attempting to “strike a deal” with the accused to reach an “out of court” settlement.

Joginder Singh,a Head Constable,and Constable Subhash went to Secunderabad last Thursday to arrest DCHL Chairman,T Venkatram Reddy and six others against whom a lower court of Chandigarh had issued non-bailable warrants on March 23 after they failed to appear in a cheque-bounce case.

A complaint was made by Andhra Pradesh Police on Friday evening about the two police officials tried to enforce the non-bailable warrants. An inquiry was ordered by the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) which is being handled by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Central,Ashish Kapoor.

The Chandigarh Police,to comply with the court orders,will be dispatching a team of police officials to arrest the accused who have been summoned by the court.

DSP Central,Ashish Kapoor said that there is no record of the summons which were issued by a lower court in summon branch. “Joginder Singh had taken the summons from the naib court and assured him that he will be putting these up in the summon branch. But,he did not make any entry. Instead he went to Hyderabad himself without the permission of any senior officer. He even took along a constable with him”.

The DCHL Chairman T Venkatram Reddy and six others were also summoned by a local court on March 23 after the accused failed to appear in the court in a cheque-bounce case filed by Religare Finvest Limited. Religare Enterprises had made a complaint according to which the cheques made out by DCHL for repayment of loans had bounced.

The suspension of the two police officials came after the UT Police received information from the Andhra Pradesh Police that the head constable had tried to enforce a non-bailable warrants issued by a lower court of Chandigarh on March 23. Sources say that the head constable even tried to “settle” the matter.

According to the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ashish Kapoor,“The head constable has been suspended from his duties as he failed to inform the summon branch about the warrants or take any permission form the superior officers”.

DSP further added,“There was word that a team of Chandigarh Police has raided the officer of Deccan Chronicle in Secunderabad on Thursday. We received a call from the Andhra Pradesh Police asking if a team has been sent. After we denied the dispatch of any raiding party,a communication regarding the head constable raiding the office of Deccan Chronicle was received”.

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