The Allahabad High Court has directed the District Judge of Saharanpur to probe within two weeks the allegations of harassment and torture,levelled by a mobile phone shopowner against the Senior Superintendent of Police and other officials.
While directing the SSP and the station officer of Sadar police station in Saharanpur to file their personal affidavits in the matter,the Division Bench of Chief Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Dilip Gupta has also directed the Director General of Uttar Pradesh Police to depute a police officer,who would be personally responsible for the security of the shopowner.
The complainant,Ashish Narang,who owns the shop at Bhan Complex on Court Road in Saharanpur,had alleged in his petition to the court that he and his family members were being harassed since April 1 by a person who claimed to be the son of the SSP of Saharanpur after he refused to sell a costly mobile phone to the youth at a low price.
After he refused to sell the costly mobile phone to the youth,policemen visited Narang in civil dress several times. His car was attacked by unidentified men on April 4. A couple of days later,the SO concerned detained him in the police station without any charges. Later,he was challaned on gambling charges by the SO concerned. His aides,who opened the shop,have been forced to close it down by unidentified persons,whom the complainant suspects to be policemen in civil dress, said Indra Mani Tripathi,the counsel for the petitioner.
In his petition,Narang had urged the court to protect his right to life and liberty so that he should be able to carry on his business without fear.
The Bench in its direction said: Considering the chain of events narrated by the petitioner and serious allegations of harassment and torture at the instance of respondent No. 6 (SSP,Saharanpur),as well as allegations against respondent No. 7 (Station Officer of Sadar police station of Saharanpur),we are of the considered view that the matter should be inquired by an independent agency,which should submit its report to this court at an early date,preferably within two weeks.