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NHRC Issues Notice to Chief Secretary of Gujarat Over ‘Falsely Implicating’ Lawyer in Criminal Case

Lawstreet Journal 1 Sep 2020 8:48pm

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a show-cause notice to the Chief Secretary of Gujarat asking for the reason to not pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation to a human rights lawyer in South Gujarat over falsely implicating him in a criminal case by the Surat Police. The victim lawyer has been identified as 39-year-old Bilal Kagzi, a native of Kosamba village of Mangrol Tehsil in Surat district. 

In September 2019, a complaint was lodged by Human Rights Defenders’ Alert (HRDA) – India, a Tamil Nadu-based forum stating that Advocate Kagzi along with seven others were booked for an attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy by Kosamba police in Surat district on August 12, 2019.

The complaint stated that “The complainant, in this case, alleged that all the accused persons attempted to kill him. But Bilal was at his home due to the festival of Bakri Eid and was nowhere near the place where the alleged offense took place… his name was inserted and added by the police in collusion with the complainant, in order to nurse a grudge against him as he is representing the co-accused in a number of criminal cases against the complainant”.

The NHRC while taking cognizance of the complaint asked the Superintendent of Police, Surat, to file an action taken report. While referring to the report filed by Surat district police authorities, the Commission through the order dated August 17 noted that “The allegation leveled against the victim was not substantiated during the course of inquiry and the… Continue Reading...

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