CCTV footage and the medico-legal report of head constable Ramesh Chand formed the basis of registration of the FIR against the High Court lawyers.
Significantly,in the complaint given by Ramesh Chand,he has stated that rather than coming to his rescue,police officials deployed on the High Court premises disappeared. The ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) personnel came and saved the head constable from the wrath of the lawyers. The head constable has also mentioned the names of other police constables (who disappeared from the spot) on duty when the incident happened.
The FIR reads that advocate Rupinder Singh Khosla had warned the head constable to suffer the consequences when he (head constable) stopped him from entering the court without the smart card. After he objected,the FIR reads,lawyers pounced on him and started thrashing him.
However,the FIR is totally silent on the fact that Ramesh Chand slapped Khosla when the latter allegedly used unparliamentary language. We had received orders at 10.30 am to allow the vehicles of only those persons who had the smart card to enter into the parking of the High Court. When Rupinder Khosla came,he first tried to force open the automated lock. When I stopped him,he started yelling at me. He called me names and abused me and warned me to deal with the consequences later, reads the compliant by the head constable.
This FIR is obnoxious. The head constable punched me in front of so many people. Why has the head constable not disclosed this in the FIR? This is a one-sided story, said Khosla.
However,talking to Chandigarh Newsline,Inspector General of the Police R P Upadhyaya said that the incident was very unfortunate and could have been avoided.
The constable should not have lost his temper and should have called the superiors instead of dealing with the advocates himself, said a senior police officer.
Head Constable Ramesh Chand was called to the police headquarters on Tuesday. He chose not to speak to the media. All he said was that he had faith in his seniors and whatever they decide would be the right decision.
A relative accompanying him said that he had been called by the IGP.