HC asks SBI to pre­serve video of cops hit­ting teen

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Mustafa Plumber p_­[email protected]­dia.net

The Bom­bay High Court has di­rected the State Bank of In­dia (Ban­dra east branch) to pre­serve the CCTV footage of an al­leged in­ci­dent of po­lice­men — at­tached to the Kher­wadi po­lice sta­tion — as­sault­ing a class 12 stu­dent, who al­legedly did not stop at a naka­bandi, last month.

A di­vi­sion bench of Jus­tice BP Dhar­mad­hikari and Jus­tice Re­vati Mo­hite Dhere gave the di­rec­tion while hear­ing a pe­ti­tion filed by Chan­drakant Shivram Karam­bale, father of 18-year-old de­ceased, Satej.

Ad­vo­cate Jayant Bardeskar, ap­pear­ing for the pe­ti­tioner, ar­gued that on Jan­uary 7, Satej had driven his father’s two-wheeler to col­lege. “Whil e re­turn­ing, he was stopped by a po­lice of­fi­cer at a naka­bandi in front of Ma­hatma Gandhi Vidyalaya and State Bank of In­dia for not wear­ing a hel­met. How­ever, when he stopped a lit­tle ahead of the naka­bandi, one or two po­lice con­sta­bles struck him with a wooden rod on the head two to three times,” Bardeskar said.

The plea states that Satej got un­con­scious due to the as­sault and was rushed to the Holy Fam­ily Hospi­tal where he was kept in the ICU for two days. Karam­bale had on the same day ap­proached the Kher­wadi po­lice to lodge an FIR against the ac­cused po­lice­men but no ac­tion has been taken by se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers.

Bardeskar said, “The pe­ti­tioner has ap­proached the court to at­tain jus­tice for his son as none of the au­thor­i­ties is grant­ing him and his fam­ily what he deserves.”

The pe­ti­tion states that the vic­tim is a young boy, and his life has come to a stand­still due to un­de­sired ac­tions of the po­lice con­sta­bles. Fur­ther, not only have they flouted their du­ties, but they have also taken un­due ad­van­tage of the same. Thus, the pe­ti­tioner wishes that the mis­be­haviour of these per­sons is met with jus­tice and eq­uity.

The pe­ti­tion prays for di­rec­tions to the Kher­wadi po­lice to reg­is­ter an FIR against the ac­cused and di­rect SBI to hand over the footage cap­tured on three cam­eras in­stalled by it.

A woman feed­ing seag­ulls at Marine Drive on Sun­day —Sal­man An­sari/dna

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