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HC declines former law prof’s plea for security ‘with automatic weapons’

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday declined former law professor Chitra Salunkhe’s demand for protection by police wielding automatic weapons.

Written by Express News Service |
May 10, 2012 12:56:45 am

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday declined former law professor Chitra Salunkhe’s demand for protection by police wielding automatic weapons.

Salunkhe has filed a case against K L Bishnoi,serving as Inspector General (Protection of Civil Rights),claiming he cleared a law examination by fradulent means.

According to her petition,seven senior IPS officers are also involved in shielding Bishnoi. The court,while directing that the case should be investigated under the supervision of the DGP of Maharashtra,K Subramaniam,had also asked the state government to provide police protection to Salunkhe with immediate effect.

However,on Wednesday,Salunkhe moved court claiming that she had earlier been provided protection by constables with carbines,which was later withdrawn.

In response to this,additional public prosecutor A S Pai told the court that this was done by the local DCP “in good faith”.

She pointed out that as per the regulations in this regard,constables for protection of citizens are ordinarily armed with only pistols or revolvers and that an exception can be made only if the threat is from terrorists or militants.

In response to the application,Justice V M Kanade said any police protection must be “in accordance with law” and held that no order was required to be passed in the matter. Earlier,the judge had severely criticised the police with respect to the case and observed that the police machinery seemed to have “ganged up to strangle the voice of a citizen”.

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