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Court stays FIR against Special Cell personnel in extortion case

A city court on Thursday stayed the order of a magistrate,seeking the filing of an FIR against two Delhi Police Special Cell personnel and another person in an extortion case.

A city court on Thursday stayed the order of a magistrate,seeking the filing of an FIR against two Delhi Police Special Cell personnel and another person in an extortion case.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Surinder Singh Rathi has stayed till October 14 the September 13 order of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM),which asked the Police Commissioner to lodge an FIR against the officers concerned. “Till the next date of hearing,the operative portion of the impugned (CMM’s) judgement contained in para 65 to 76 qua revisionists (Ravi Shankar,Hari Kishan and Rajiv Pahuja) shall remain stayed. It will come up for argument and disposal of revision on October 14,” the ASJ said.

The police officers were accused of extorting money by threatening to implicate people in false cases. The ASJ passed the order based on separate petitions of Additional DCP Ravi Shankar,head constable Hari Kishan and Rajiv Pahuja,director of a Delhi-based cable network firm.

Four police personnel were charged with misusing their powers,while working for the Special Cell. The CMM,in his order,acquitted five persons arrested by the Special Cell for their alleged involvement in cable wire theft. He passed the judgment after none of the prosecution witnesses supported the police version of the incident.

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The court had noted that the officers of the Special Cell,Northern region,had levelled false charges against the accused at the instance of Pahuja,the complainant. The court also said that the policemen had demanded a hefty amount from the accused persons in their custody,and released some of them after getting the money.

The ASJ had,on September 20,passed a similar order on the pleas of Anil Dureja and Gajendra Kumar,Special Cell inspectors.

First published on: 23-09-2011 at 12:43:25 am
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