The Calcutta High Court today pulled up Kolkata Police Commissioner R K Panchnanda for not complying with its order to inquire into why the case diary of an accident was not produced in the court during hearing.
During the hearing on March 7,a Division Bench of Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice Joymalya Bagchi had directed the police commissioner to hold an inquiry on why the case diary of the accident — which took place on Amherst Street on February 20 — was not produced in the court. The bench had directed the commissioner to file a comprehensive report on March 19.
Instead,a report prepared by the Deputy Commissioner (North),who conducted the inquiry instead of the commissioner of police,was placed before the division bench on March 19. The bench took exception to this.
Today Panchnanda appeared in the high court and the bench asked why he did not carry out the order properly,when it was clear that he had to personally conduct the inquiry.
Advocate General Anindya Mitra tried to convince the court about Panchnanda’s action but the bench said it could not be justified under any circumstances. The court added that Kolkata Police were arrogant about presenting the case dairy during the hearing at a reasonable time.
The bench again directed Panchnanda to inquire into the matter personally and file a report within a week.
When the advocate general said that tension was prevailing in several parts of Kolkata,and that the police commissioner was busy,the bench gave Pachnanda two weeks’ time to inquire and file the report in court.
The case cropped up from an anticipatory bail plea of a bus driver who ran over a person on February 20. The HC had directed the officer in charge of Amherst Street police station to appear in the court on March 7 but he did not appear. Instead,the investigative officer who dealt with the accident case appeared on March 7. Following this,the HC issued a show-cause to the officer in charge as to why he should not face contempt proceedings. The court then directed the police commissioner to inquire into the matter.