Notice to police chief, SHO

NEW DELHI, JULY 24. The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Delhi Police Commissioner, the Station House Officer of the Moti Nagar police and its other officials on a petition by a man alleging that the local police were protecting two accused who had attacked him when he objected to them having liquor in front of his house in January this year.

Issuing the notices, Justice R.C. Chopra asked the respondents to file replies to the petition by September 20.

The petitioner, Sanjeev Sharma, a resident of Basai Darapur in West Delhi, through his counsel, Surennder Miglani, alleged that the local police instead of registering the case under the relevant section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) booked the culprits under Sections meant for offences of lesser degree.

The petitioner submitted that despite the doctors of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital describing the injuries of the victim as serious, the Moti Nagar police registered the case under Section 341/323 (wrongfully restraining any person read with voluntarily causing hurt).

Mr. Miglani submitted that the police should have registered the case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC.

Despite the petitioner writing to the Police Commission about the `partisan' role of the local police, no action was taken, Mr. Miglani submitted.

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