Missing car case: HC asks SP Katni, others to act in 4 weeks

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Nov 2017 11:47:48


Legal Correspondent,

IN THE matter related to seeking direction to direct respondents to search car of the petitioner which was misplaced from garage of petitioner, single bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Subodh Abhyankar has once again directed the Superintendent of Police, Katni, to look into the complaint made by the petitioner as well as documents submitted therewith in support of his contention and take appropriate action if permissible under the law within four weeks.

Single bench heard the petition filed by Brij Kishore Pandey against the Principal Secretary, Home Department, Bhopal, Superintendent of Police, Katni, Station House Officer, Police Station Kotwali, Katni, Regional Transport Officer, Katni, Manish Pandey, Raj Bahor and Rishabh Pandey. The petitioner filed this petition through Advocate Vikash Mishra, seeking relief from the court and to direct the respondent SP, Katni, SHO, Police Station Kotwali, Katni, RTO, Katni to initiate a high-level enquiry against private respondent Manish Pandey, Raj Bahor and Rishabh Pandey and if they are found guilty then necessary steps be taken against them. Also to direct the respondents to search the car of the petitioner which was misplaced from the garage of Manish Pandey.

Contention of counsel for the petitioner is that the petitioner’s car was kept in garage of respondent Manish Pandey, who was involved in criminal breach of trust, as the car was surreptitiously sold to respondent Rishabh Pandey.  Being aggrieved, the petitioner filed a writ petition before Madhya Pradesh High Court which was disposed of on July 21, 2017, with direction to the petitioner to submit an application before the SP, Katni and the SP was directed to consider petitioner’s application and take appropriate action. Contention of learned counsel  for the petitioner is that instead of acting on the petitioner’s application, an FIR was lodged against the petitioner by the respondent Raj Bahor, who is an employee of RTO, Katni.  Counsel for the petitioner further submitted that on petitioner’s application, an order has been passed on June 17, 2017.

The petitioner has made a detailed representation on July 31, 2017, but till date no action has been taken in this behalf. Under such circumstances, the Superintendent of Police, Katni, is once again directed to look into the complaint made by the petitioner as well as documents submitted therewith in support of his contention and take appropriate action if permissible under the law within a period of four weeks from the date of receipt of certified copy of this order. With the aforesaid observation, this petition stands disposed of, the single bench said. Advocate Vikash Mishra appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while Government Advocate Shivendra Pandey for the State.