May 20, 2016 2:47:29 am
THE NATIONAL Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill to investigate a complaint for which the police had earlier registered a case against a renowned city jeweller, Nikka Mal Babu Ram and Sons, for “cheating” and then filed a closure report last month citing “lack of evidence”.
Alleging that the case was not investigated in a proper manner, the complainant approached the NHRC. Now the commission has directed the UT SSP to take appropriate action within eight weeks’ time.
“The complaint be transmitted to the concerned authority for such action as deemed appropriate. The authority concerned is directed to take appropriate action within eight weeks and to inform the complainant of the action taken in the matter,” reads the communication sent by the Assistant Registrar Law (NHRC) to the SSP.
The case dates back to February, when complainant Sanjeev Goyal (IAAS), who is principal director, central excise, alleged that the jeweller had sold gold of inferior quality to him. The police then registered a case under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector 17 police station.
Goyal told the Chandigarh Newsline that he approached NHRC after the Chandigarh Police filed a closure report without any “investigation”. “Now NHRC has directed the police to investigate the matter. I am hopeful this time, the Chandigarh Police will do a proper inquiry,” he said.
“I will approach higher authorities and submit the facts of the case again highlighting the cover-up of Chandigarh Police during the investigation. The jeweller has already accepted all the allegations. But the police didn’t act against him and instead a cancellation report was filed,” Goyal alleged.
Despite repeated attempts, SSP Gill didn’t respond to phone calls.
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