Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Friday took serious exception to the State filing two contradictory affidavits relating to the illegal occupation of a residential building in Cottonpet in Bangalore by the city police.

The court pulled up the Home Secretary for filing an affidavit that contradicted the affidavit filed by an Inspector of Police. Justice Jawed Rahim, who is dealing with the case, said that though the Home Secretary had been given adequate time, she had filed an affidavit and a report only a few days ago. The Judge observed that he had first asked for a report from the police in March 2007 when the owner of the building, Dhanalakshmi Ammal, had challenged the “illegal occupation” of her building by the Bangalore police. The court had directed the Home Secretary to file a report. The State Public Prosecutor said he had filed a report and also an affidavit from the Home Secretary.

Justice Rahim observed that there were differences in the two affidavits. While the first affidavit acknowledged that the police had forcibly occupied the house, the second denied the fact. The Judge adjourned further hearing on the case.