The Bombay High Court Wednesday asked the state to file its reply to a PIL which alleges that the murder of a 15-year-old boy in Navi Mumbai was a result of police inaction.
Swapnil Sonawane was allegedly beaten to death on July 20 by the family of a girl he was in a relationship with. The girl belonged to a different caste.
Two police officers were suspended for dereliction of duty in the matter. One of the suspended officers had allegedly refused to register a complaint even though Swapnil’s father had approached the police station hours before his murder, citing a threat to his life.
The PIL, filed by advocate Yashwant Shenoy, alleged that the life of the child could have been saved had the police acted on time. It has sought the Ministry of Home Affairs and director general of police to direct police officers in Maharashtra to file FIRs in case of a cognizable offence, as directed by the SC.
The PIL further states that disciplinary action should be taken against police officers who refuse to file FIRs.
An intervention application was also filed by advocate Advait Sethna. His petition sought immediate protection to the victim’s family. The court has given the state two weeks to file its reply in the matter, specifying the steps it takes in relation to such cases.
The police have arrested the girl’s parents, her two brothers and two cousins in the case, along with accomplices. The girl has also been booked and is currently in a Bhiwandi observation home.