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Posted at: Jun 11, 2019, 8:10 AM; last updated: Jun 11, 2019, 8:10 AM (IST)

UT Police Department move raises eyebrows

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10

In a move that had raised eyebrows, the UT police sent a communication to the National Commission for Women (NCW) regarding a domestic violence complaint being disposed of while approval for closing it was taken two months later.

A complaint related to domestic violence was filed by RK Garg, a Sector 27 resident, on behalf of his daughter, to the NCW which was forwarded to the UT police. The complaint was investigated at the women police station.

On March 16 , the investigating officer (IO) compiled a report recommending that the complaint should be disposed of as the victim, who was staying abroad, did not join the investigation.

The final approval on the decision to dispose of the complaint was yet to be taken. Meanwhile, the action taken report mentioning that the complaint had been disposed of was sent by the UT SSP, Nilambari Jagdale, to the NCW, Delhi, on March 20.

Interestingly, 25 days after the report was sent to the NCW, the DSP (Woman and Child Support Unit), Charanjit Singh, forwarded a report to the SSP seeking permission for disposing of the complaint on April 15. The same communication was further sent to DGP Sanjay Baniwal for approval on April 23.

The communication mentioned that the inquiry reported from DSP if approved may be sent to the NCW, Delhi. Later, the final nod by the DGP was granted on May 20.

Complainant RK Garg said, “This is a serious lapse on the part of the UT Police Department as the NCW has been intimated about the complaint being disposed of without taking the final approval.” The action taken report was sent in a hurry without offering any final hearing or final notice to me, he added.

When contacted, DSP Charanjit Singh, who also holds the charge of DSP (PRO), said, “I will comment on the issue only after checking records.”

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