SDM row: Advisor asks DC to look into matter

The UT Advisor assured Kumar that appropriate action would be taken against whoever was at fault in the case.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 23, 2013 1:57:33 am

In order to solve the matter amicably,UT Advisor K K Sharma on Monday asked the Deputy Commissioner to inquire into the case registered against Vikrant Kumar,a local businessman,on the complaint of the driver of Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and Director (IT) Tanvi Garg.

The UT Advisor assured Kumar that appropriate action would be taken against whoever was at fault in the case. Kumar along with five members of an NGO met the Advisor.

The Advisor got Kumar and others an appointment with Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin.

“We told the Advisor that the behaviour shown by the SDM is not expected from a well-learned IAS officer,so action should be taken. He has assured us that an inquiry in the matter is in the process and action will be taken in about three days’ time,” said Jagdip Singh Diwan,a member of the NGO.

Later,Kumar met the DC who reassured him that the matter would be solved in a few days’ time.

Talking to Chandigarh Newsline,Kumar said,“DC told us that the SDM is on two days’ leave and that he will question her,her driver and her gunman once she is back. We then requested the DC to let me and SDM sit together in front of the DC and discuss both sides of the story. Hearing both of us,he can take whatever action he feels is necessary.”

DC Shayin said,“I received the case file today and I am examining it. Kumar told me his side of the story but a decision can only be taken only after the SDM tells me her side of sequence of events. Also,the driver and gunman of the SDM need to be questioned. We are trying to solve the matter amicably and if the inquiry demands,Kumar will be discharged from the case.”

The DC ordered release of Kumar’s jeep and his mobile phone which have been in police custody since April 17. Kumar was arrested under sections 107/151 of the CrPC and released on bail by the court of same SDM next day.

‘Find out who kept Kumar in police custody’

UT Advisor K K Sharma has asked IGP R P Upadhyaya to inquire to see who is at fault. The IGP has been asked to find out who were the police personnel responsible for keeping Kumar in police custody for 15 hours.

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