IN THE first case where the Maharashtra State Police Complaints Authority (SPCA) sent an adverse report since its inception in January this year, the authority has written to the state government to initiate a Departmental Enquiry (DE) for major penalty against a police sub inspector (PSI) attached to the Kurla police station.
An official from SPCA said, “We have sent an adverse report against PSI Satish More attached to Kurla police station for detaining a 16-year-old boy in the police station in the absence of any written complaint on the midnight of November 4, 2016 in a mobile theft case. The boy’s father had complained the PSI demanded a bribe of Rs 10,000 and took Rs 5,000 for releasing him.”
After the incident, the boy’s father had complained to several authorities, including the Lokayukta. The Lokayukta transferred the case to the SPCA following which an adverse report was sent to the government. In case the government does not act on the report, they will have to give the reason behind it in writing.
The SPCA, set up following an order of the Supreme Court, can look into complaints against police in cases of custodial torture, harassment or other types of abuse of power. The authority is headed by a retired High Court judge and comprises of retired Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers.