Taking stock of serious allegations levelled by a woman,resident of Ludhiana,the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to Punjab Additional Director-General of Police (Human Rights). The ADGP has been asked to respond to the allegations levelled by the woman and submit a report on her complaint .
The petitioner,Jagjit Kaur,has been alleging that she was allegedly raped and molested by the then Sangrur SSP. Though the allegations are against an SSP,his name has not been mentioned in the petition. However,the petitioner has annexed a complaint made to the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab wherein she has named Naunihal Singh,SSP,Chandigarh,who has served as the SSP of Sangrur.
The petitioner has alleged that she has some recordings of the officer molesting her in a Chandigarh hotel.
Describing herself as a worker with an NGO in the field of human rights,Jagjit Kaur claimed she approached the office of the then Sangrur SSP on June 16,2010. The intention behind the visit was to lodge a complaint against one Sukhwinder Singh for allegedly grabbing her money.
But,under the instructions of the SSP,police personnel thrashed her with batons after tying her legs. After beating her,Sadar Ahmedgarh police station in-charge along with Sangrur police station in-charge Randhir Singh detained her till midnight and forcefully obtained her signatures on papers stating that she sustained injuries after she fell from a bus, the petition read.
Later,Jagjit Kaur claimed she got herself medically examined,which showed fractures on her arm and internal injuries.
The petitioner further claimed that the Punjab State Human Rights Commission,acting on her complaint,on June 27,2011,directed a high-level inquiry into the incident. But,the inquiry was yet to be initiated by the state.
It might be mentioned here that neither Naunihal stands as a respondent in the petition nor any notices have been issued to him.
Taking up the petition,a division bench headed by acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh issued notices to the ADGP (human rights). He has been asked to furnish his response by August 8 on the action taken on the petitioners complaint.