Court orders FIR against J&K minister for slapping officer

Slapping a bureaucrat on duty has landed J&K Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo in trouble.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published: June 4, 2013 2:44:47 am

Slapping a bureaucrat on duty has landed J&K Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo in trouble. The Kishtwar Chief Judicial Magistrate Ajay K Gupta Monday asked the police to register a case against him.

The minister had allegedly slapped the CEO of Kishtwar Development Authority,Riyad Ahmed Choudhary,at the Kishtwar Dak Bungalow in the presence of several senior officials on April 18. The provocation to the minister was that Choudhary,when called,did not appear before him immediately.

The CJM court also rejected the police status report that denied occurrence of any such incident. It also ordered the DIG Kishtwar-Ramban range and SP Kishtwar to monitor the probe. Riyaz,in his written complaint to the police,has said that he attended the minister after a few minutes as he was busy making a presentation for the Chief Minister who was visiting there.

Since the police did not act,he filed an application under section 156(3) CrPC in the CJM court and sought directions to register an FIR against the minister. The court directed SHO Kishtwar to probe the matter in detail and furnish status report on May 14.

In the status report,the police quoting statements of Deputy Commissioner,Additional Deputy Commissioner and SP denied occurrence of any such incident. Instead,it charged the complainant of coming out with a concocted story to save himself from punishment for coming late on duty.

However,Riyaz’s counsel told the court that an FIR was not registered before preparing a status report. The court was told that the police have to recorded Riyaz’s statement while probing the complaint. In support of his complaint,he also pointed to the Chief Minister’s statement dated April 21 in which he expressed anguish over the incident. The CM had asked Kitchloo to sit with the officer and resolve the matter.

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