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Karnataka HC Dismisses PIL for Action Against Alleged Police Atrocities During Lockdown [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 18 Jun 2021 12:48am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Karnataka HC Dismisses PIL for Action Against Alleged Police Atrocities During Lockdown [READ ORDER]

Recently, the Karnataka High Court rejected a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an advocate asking directions to concerned Station House Officers to enlist First Information Reports (FIR) against the police authorities who purportedly tortured lockdown violators.

A division bench of Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice M Nagaprasanna stated that the petition filed by Advocate Balakrishnan is frivolous, containing unverified allegations, and rejected it. The court also charged a fine of Rs 1000 on him which is to be deposited with the Karnataka Legal Services Authority within 30-days.

The Court stated that, "Except for making bald statements in the writ petition nothing has been brought on record in respect of so-called alleged police atrocities."

The Court added that the petitioner has not cited any instance or documentary proof that can show that persons have been assaulted by the police for violating the lockdown norms. In this case, stray incidents took place where an aggrieved person has the right to file an FIR.

The petitioner who is an advocate has knowledge about the process of filing an FIR and in the present case police is not registering a case, he has the right to file a complaint under Sec 200 of Criminal Procedural Code, 1973.

The Court also stated that during the covid 19 pandemic police force in Karnataka and all over the country are working day and night, providing help to the common citizen and by no stretch of the imagination it can be said they are committing atrocities… Continue Reading...

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