‘Delay in booking Somaiya was because cops didn’t know legal protocol’

As part of the probe, five police personnel have been called to explain the delay in filing the FIR, sources said.

Mumbai | Published:September 4, 2014 1:27 am

By: Santoshee Gulabkali mishra

Senior police officers probing the delay in registering an FIR against BJP MP Kirit Somaiya for allegedly assaulting a police inspector have reportedly found that the investigating team was unsure about the legal protocol to be followed for arresting an MP. The FIR was registered on August 24, three days after the alleged incident of assault

“The police officers wasted a lot of time in seeking legal opinion as they were unsure about the procedure,” said a senior official.

The inquiry, headed by additional commissioner of police (east) Chhering Dorje, was ordered by Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria following reports last month that Somaiya had assaulted inspector Sampat Mundhe, who had summoned a BJP worker to the Navghar police station for questioning in connection with a clash.

As part of the probe, five police personnel have been called to explain the delay in filing the FIR, sources said.

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