Trespass case: Court issues showcause notice to cop

Officer arrested the accused despite her obtaining anticipatory bail

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:September 21, 2013 1:34 am

A magisterial court on Friday issued a showcause notice to an investigating officer (IO) for allegedly arresting a woman in a house trespass case despite the 39-year-old obtaining an interim anticipatory bail. Judicial Magistrate(First Class) S R Nimse ordered sub-police inspector Ramakant Shinde attached with Koregaon police station to reply to the notice within two days.

Police said Reena Narendra Singh (45),a resident of Wanwadi,lodged a complaint against Roopa Kailash Ganatra (39) of Kalyaninagar,her sister and Roopa’s husband Gangatra,alleging they forcefully entered her house and threatened and assaulted her.

Reena and her sister Sheetal claimed to own a flat at Popular Height building in Koregaon Park. The flat belonged to their mother who died on September 6.

Police said the dispute over the property began on September 6 and continued till September 16 when the alleged incident took palce. Police booked Ganatra and Roopa under Sections 452 (trespass),323 (assault),504 (insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

Ganatra was arrested on September 17 and later granted bail. Meanwhile,Roopa had applied for anticipatory bail,which was granted to her on Thursday.

“Senior Police Inspector Shivaji Kamble,incharge of Koregaon Park police station,was informed about the anticipatory bail order but Roopa was arrested,” said Roopa’s counsel Suchit Mundada.

On Friday,when Roopa was produced in court,the defence lawyers pointed out the bail order after which the court took her in judicial custody and later released her on bail. When the magistrate asked the IO about the bail order,he said the order was received at the police station around 6.30 pm on Thursday and he was informed about it around 9 pm.

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