On Tuesday, taking exception to the statement of an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) that “police have every right to give beatings to the accused at the time of his arrest”, the Additional District & Sessions Judge, Jalandhar, issued a show-cause notice to the cop for the display of intemperate conduct in the Courtroom.
The incident took place when the Judge, Parminder Singh Grewal, was hearing the anticipatory bail plea of Parminder Kumar Mehmi, father of Amol Mehmi who allegedly dragged Mulak Raj, an ASI, on his car bonnet on May 2 during curfew. Amol, who was arrested earlier, was granted bail on May 13.
Kumar along with his son was charged with attempt to murder & sections.
On Tuesday, ASI Surjit Singh, who brought case file to the Court, made the remark when the Judge questioned him whether the police beat Amol Mehmi up at the time of his arrest.
The Judge also found that the Cop spoke in a loud manner as if he was shouting in the Courtroom.
The Court ordered Surjit Singh to file the reply on the next date of hearing on May 21 as to why necessary legal proceedings shouldn’t be launched against him.
The Judge also ordered Jalandhar Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar to depute a responsible official not below the rank of a Superintendent of Police (SP) to assist the Court in the case as “lower rank officials like ASI Surjit Singh do not know how to behave”.
The Court observed ASI Surjit’s behaviour was highly objectionable which isn’t expected from a member of the Police force.
The Judge said that “It also shows that the cop has no regard for the rule of law & he considered that he & police are law unto themselves”.
Read Order here: