Hyderabad: Deputy police commissioner of the West Zone, D. Satyanarayana, and Inspector of the Sanjeeva Reddy Nagar police station, S. Prabhakar, have landed in a soup for interfering in a civil dispute between two individuals and forcing a certain course of action.
Justice Ramesh Ranganathan has ordered the principal secretary to the home department to examine in depth and submit a report to the court on December 24 on the action that needs to be taken against the DCP and the inspector for their high-handed and illegal acts of settling civil disputes between two individuals.
The judge was dealing with a petition by G.B.C. Raj Gopal, a software engineer living in Florida, USA, who sought to have declared illegal the action of the DCP and the inspector in calling him and pressurising him to sign on pre-prepared documents, without disclosing the contents of the same.
The petitioner was involved in a property dispute with his sister. The DCP had summoned him to his office and asked him to sign certain documents. When Raj Gopal wanted to know the contents of the documents, the DCP threatened to prevent him from leaving the country by booking criminal cases against him, if he did not sign on the documents.
The judge expressed concern at the DCP’s involvement in the civil dispute. He said that the DCP could not presume to play the role of a counsellor or don the robes of a judge or an arbitrator and adjudicate a civil dispute, forcing the parties to partition their properties.
The judge called for the records and found that prima facie a false criminal case was registered against the petitioner after approaching the High Court....