Illegal detention: Woman seeks Rs 10L from govt

  • | Saturday | 12th January, 2019

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court has issued notices to the Maharashtra government and the Mumbai Police on a petition filed by a woman demanding Rs 10 lakh in compensation claiming she was illegally detained in connection with a theft case.In a hearing conducted earlier this week, a bench of Justices BP Dharamadhikari and Revati Mohite-Dere issued notices to the Mumbai police, the Investigating Officer (IO) in the case attached to the DN Nagar police station in suburban Andheri , and to the state government.The bench directed the police and the state to file their respective affidavits, responding to the petition.The 55-year-old petitioner, a resident of the suburb, had approached the high court alleging that she was arrested last September on false charges and was kept in illegal police custody overnight, in contravention of law and her fundamental rights.The woman, through her lawyer Karim Pathan, stated that DN Nagar Police Station in Andheri had sent her a notice on September 5 last year, asking her to remain present at the police station the next morning for questioning in connection with a theft case.The petitioner claimed that she was arrested and taken to the police station on the evening of September 5 itself.Her counsel alleged that she was arrested around 3.40pm on September 5 and kept in the police lock up overnight in violation of the CrPc and her legal rights.The police told her that she was a suspect in a 2017 case of theft, said Pathan.The woman was produced before the magistrate's court on September 7, 2018, the petition said.The magistrate, however, realised that the police had arrested her on mere suspicion and granted her bail, it said.Armed with the magistrate court's order, the woman approached the HC for compensation.

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