A petition filed by NRI,Amit Saini and 5 other residents of Chandigarh/Naya Gaon against 10 officers of the Mohali Police came up for preliminary hearing on Friday in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The petitioners have alleged that they were falsely implicated by the Mohali Police. The petition has been adjourned to November 13 after the court asked Advocate H C Arora,counsel for the petitioners,to produce case law in support of his contention that the high court can intervene in this matter at this stage after the challan has already been presented. No notices were issued on Friday.
In this petition,the petitioners have stated that a false and fabricated criminal case was registered against them by the Naya Gaon Police officials. The sequence of events,as narrated in the petition,is that one of the petitioners Sandeep Sandhu had gone to Police Station,Naya Gaon on January 9 in the afternoon for enquiring about status of his complaint filed by him against one Balkaar Sohi,who had allegedly fired shots on him before Diwali. As he was recording his conversation with the Police Officials of the said Police Station,simultaneously as he was talking with them,they put him in Police lock up and registered an FIR against him.
Amit Kumar Saini,who is an NRI,residing in Australia,and who had come to solemnize his marriage at Chandigarh,went to Naya Gaon Police Station around 6.30 PM,and found car of his friend,Sandeep Sandhu parked outside Police Station. He came to know from Police Official present there that Sandeep Sandhu stood arrested. As Sandeep Sandhu had been arrested in a false case,and had been tortured badly in the lock up,Amit Kumar Saini protested to the Munshi of the said Police Station. His appeals to Police officials to allow medical aid/check up to Sandeep Sandhu,did not have any positive response.
Amit Kumar Saini contacted several police officials. The petitioner has alleged that his repeated phone calls to senior Police officers solicited only assurances that they are looking into the matter. He contacted journalists also,for seeking their intervention. Meanwhile,the Police officials allegedly placed the body of Sandeep Sandhu just outside the Outer Gate of Police Station,ostensibly with a the object that if Aman Kumar Saini,and parents of Sandeep Sandhu,who were present there,and wailing over the body of Sandeep Sandhu,may take him away for treatment,so that they may be implicated in a false case of getting him freed from Police custody.
“But Amit Kumar Saini,and family members of Sandeep Sandhu did not fall prey to the tactics of Police Officials. They continued contacting media persons and senior Police officers for intervention. They talked to some media persons for arranging a Press Conference next morning. The Police officers were infuriated at this. They registered a false case against Amit Kumar Saini,Sandeep Sandhu (who was already under their custody),Pritpal Kaur and Pawan Sandhu( aged parents of Sandeep Sandhu),and other family friends present in the Naya Gaon Police Station,on the alleged ground that they had attacked the Police officials with dangs/kirpans etc. The accused could get bails from Courts after remaining in Jails for a couple of months” reads the petition.
It is stated in the petition that Amit Kumar Saini had prepared a video film of entire happenings and his talk with Police officials on his mobile phone.