Constable pleads: Don’t want DCP in trouble… it was my mistake

DCP Kuruvilla allegedly made a constable do forward rolls after he failed to salute him.

Written by Prawesh Lama | New Delhi | Published:February 10, 2012 3:16 am

A day after Delhi High Court sought a report from Delhi Police and issued notice to Additional DCP Seju P Kuruvilla for allegedly making a constable do forward rolls after he failed to recognise and salute him at the Patiala House courts complex,the constable said he did not want to land the officer in trouble. He said he was “punished for my own mistake” and “want everyone to forget about it”.

Constable Dinesh Kumar,who has been taken off Patiala House duty and posted at the office of the Additional CP,New Delhi district,told Newsline that he did not want the incident played up.

“I got punished for my own mistake. Such kind of punishment is given to us during training sessions. I do not feel bad about the incident. I will work harder and continue to serve Delhi Police more diligently,” he said.

“I do not wish trouble for my boss. These things happen while working in the police department. I do not want to look back at the incident. I want everyone to forget about it. Life has to move on,” Dinesh Kumar said.

Kuruvilla,on the other hand,did not meet reporters who turned up at his office. He reported for work early Thursday.

Police sources said Kuruvilla,against whom an inquiry is being conducted by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime),was preparing his defence in a ‘Report on the Patiala House Court Incident’. He is an IPS officer of the 2007 batch.

A senior police official said notices would be served on Dinesh Kumar,Kuruvilla and the advocates who filmed the forward-roll incident. They would be asked to join the inquiry. The police would submit the inquiry report to the court.

A video clip of the incident shows Dinesh Kumar doing forward rolls on the court premises,allegedly on the orders of Kuruvilla who was upset that the constable failed to recognise and salute him — Kuruvilla’s Facebook page says he studied at Sainik School Kazhakootam.

Taking serious note of the video clip,the Delhi High Court sought a status report from Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta and issued notice to Kuruvilla.

“We issue notice to the Delhi Police Commissioner and to the Additional DCP concerned. We also direct the police commissioner to file a status report about the incident on February 15,” the HC bench said.

Meanwhile,S N Sharma,one of the lawyers who was witness to the incident,said: “The inhumane treatment happened before us,so we have full right to lodge a complaint on the incident. We will approach police for an FIR and if they do not register an FIR against the Additional DCP,we will move court for proceedings.”

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