A Delhi court has recommended criminal proceedings against the Station House Officer (SHO) and Investigating Officer (IO) of Welcome police station, in connection with falsely implicating a person in an electricity theft case.
“I recommend that the Commissioner of Police shall initiate action against SHO S B Yadav and IO SI Jagbir Singh and, if necessary, initiate criminal proceedings against them for false implication of the accused,” Additional Sessions Judge Parveen Singh said.
The court also said the two officers should not be assigned any cases till the inquiry is completed.
According to the chargesheet, a team from Welcome police station had gone to arrest Janta Colony resident Munna for an electricity theft case on October 24, 2007.
It was alleged in the chargesheeet that when the team arrested Munna, his wife and four other relatives attacked them with knives and sticks.”
“I find that the prosecution has failed to prove its case. On the contrary, it is apparent that an effort was made to implicate the accused… Police went to the extent of planting knives…,” the court, while acquitting the accused in the case, said.
Pulling up police in the case the court said, “In the absence of any proof, merely because a police officer goes to somebody’s house in uniform he cannot be said to have an absolute right to arrest anybody. If an attempt is made without any reasonable cause, the person who is to be arrested has every right to resist.”
The court also noted that there were serious irregularities in the case, adding that the prosecution failed” to prove that the policemen were doing their duty.