HP HC takes cognizance on the complaint by Palampur businessman alleging ‘threat to life’
Shimla, Nov 11
In a important development, the Himachal Pradesh High court on it own motion took coginzance on the complaint filed by Palampur Businessman about threat to life, and against State Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu on Friday.
Division bench of Chief Justice M.S. Ramchandra Rao and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua issued notice to State of Himachal Pradesh impleading Secretary Home, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Kangra and Shimla respondent in the matter.
The Court took notice on the complaint submitted by Businessman Nishant Kumar Sharma of Palampur. The High court on Friday issued a notice to State to submit the status report before next date of hearing on November 16 . Notices were issued to Secretary Home, Deputy Commissioner Kanga and Shimla and Superintendent of Police l Kangra and Shimla to file status report in the matter by next date of hearing as the matter was listed now on November 16 for further hearing.
Pranay Pratap Singh Additional Advocate General, accepted service of notice on behalf of the respondents.
It is worthwhile to mention that controversy brew after registration of a FIR registered against a businessman belonged to Palampur and Gurugram by the state Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu.
On Wednesday Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena faced volley of media queries on the issue. He announced that state Criminal Investigation Department would make assessment if security cover should be extended to Businessman Nishant Sharma on his complaint.
Chief secretary said that the State government gets many complaints and like always will try to investigate and after a enquiry, any desired action maybe taken. He said that in this matter a discreet enquiry is being done. Adding that if the probe would find anything against the DGP, action would also be taken as per the law.
The issue took sudden turn of a public feud between the two (DGP and businessman) as Businessman Nishant Kumar Sharma resident of Palampur in Kangra district addressed a press conference at Palampur and lodged a complaint with SP Kangra alleging inevitable threat to him and family’s life and property. The issue came afore when the DGP Sanjay Kundu lodged a FIR in a police station in Shimla.
Documents in possession with us, reveal that the said incident began from October 27, 2023 when allegedly telephone calls were made to Nishant Kumar Sharma on behalf of DGP and he failed to respond and was followed by passing of some electronic message.
Complaint was lodged by Nishant Kumar Sharma on the this issue to SSP Kangra on October 28 after alleged threatening attempts by a few goons at Bhagsunag in Meclodganj in Dharmshala. In the similar complaint the businessman also mentioned about the alleged calls and phone numbers, of the DGP office and DSP and SHO Palampur. He also mentioned about a ‘Whatss app’ messaged by allegedly SHO Palampur. A complaint of similar nature was also sent to DGP Sanjay Kundu by Nishant Kumar Sharma after October 27 alleged incident of calls by the state police to the businessman. The copy of the complaint in the matter was also sent to Prez and PM of India, Guv & CM, Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh and Secretary home.
On Nov 5 a FIR was lodged at police station Shimla against the businessmen which was rebutted by the businessman. Responding to allegations of calls made to this businessman and othet acquisitions, the DGP has moved a complaint in the police station, terming the matter rubbish.
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