HC orders criminal case against SOG officer for misbehaving with judge

HC orders criminal case against SOG officer for misbehaving with judge

Srinagar: The J&K High Court has directed Senior Superintendent of Police Anantnag to register a criminal case against Sub Inspector of police’s Special Operation Group for misbehaving with Chief Judicial Magistrate of the southern Kashmir district.
The directions by the high court’s Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar followed perusal of a complaint forwarded to the high court by Principal District and Sessions Judge, Anantnag on behalf of the CJM.
In the complaint, Abdul Nasir, the CJM Anantnag has stated that on 23 July at around 2200 hours, he was returning in official vehicle alongwith his daughter and PSO to his residence, when his vehicle was intercepted near Forest Check Post at Sarnal KP Road Anantnag by the Sub Inspector, Gowhar Malla of SOG alongwith his Security Guards.
Despite disclosing the identity, the Sub Inspector and his security guards misbehaved with the CJM and he was not allowed to proceed for about 25 minutes, as per the compliant. The police officer also abused and threatened the CJM of dire consequence.
Taking strong exception to the misbehaviour with the CJM, the Chief Justice sought a detailed report from the police with a direction to Senior Superintendent of Police, Anantnag, to register a criminal case against the Sub Inspector.
The chief justice also directed the SSP to intimate the court about the departmental action taken against the erring cops.
After the rap, the police placed the Sub-inspector Gowhar Rashid Malla and Constable Fayaz Ahmad under suspension with immediate effect, an official spokesman said here.
“A departmental enquiry has been initiated into the matter under Rule 359 of J&K Police Manual which has been entrusted to Additional SP Anantnag,” the spokesman said, adding that the inquiry officer has put the accusation and substance of the complaint before the District Magistrate, Anantnag, for further course of action as laid down in Rule 349 of J&K Police Manual. Meanwhile, lawyers in District Court Anatnag continued with their strike against the misbehaviour with the CJM.

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