High Court slams ‘victim’ for concealing facts

Inquiry report says complainant never produced any evidence to support her allegations against the then Sangrur SSP

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: August 9, 2012 2:10 am

Inquiry report says complainant never produced any evidence to support her allegations against the then Sangrur SSP

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today came down heavily on a woman who had alleged serious allegations of molestation against a Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP),for concealing information from the court.

The High Court reprimanded the complainant,Jagjit Kaur,for deliberately concealing material facts from the court. The High Court questioned her about why she had not disclosed to the court that she had filed “exactly the same” petition in the Supreme Court.

“Why did you conceal this fact from the court? All the allegations levelled by you in this petition are the same as filed before the Supreme Court. You were supposed to tell us this,” remarked the division bench headed by acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh.

On the last date of hearing,the High Court had sought the response of the Punjab additional director-general of police (human rights) on the action taken on an order of the Human Rights Commission. The Commission had asked the officer concerned to look into the allegations levelled by the woman.

Today,the Punjab law officer produced the report to the authority. The report clearly states that the “victim”,despite repeated notices,never used to turn up on the date she was asked to appear. Instead,she used to seek time and turn up,without notice,on some other date. Moreover,the complainant never produced any evidence to corroborate the serious accusations of police torture and molestation levelled by her against the SSP.

Taking stock of the report,the High Court disposed of the petition filed by the woman. Counsel for the woman sought time to respond to the report filed by the authority.

Refusing to grant any indulgence,the Bench told her counsel that if she is not satisfied with the report she can challenge the same in the Court. The Bench disposed of the petition.

The petitioner,Jagjit Kaur of Ludhiana district,had alleged that she was molested by the then Sangrur SSP. Though the allegations were against an SSP,his name was not even mentioned in the petition.

However,the petitioner had annexed a complaint made to the Deputy Chief Minister Punjab wherein she had named Naunihal Singh, Chandigarh SSP,who had earlier remained Sangrur SSP.

The petitioner had alleged that she was in possession of some recordings of the officer molesting her in a Chandigarh-based hotel. Describing herself as a worker with an NGO in the field of human rights,Jagjit Kaur had said she had approached the office of then Sangrur SSP on June 16,2010. However,no evidence had been produced by her.

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