Published On: Wed, Jun 20th, 2018

Cop ‘assaulted’ by IPS officer’s daughter moves HC for quashing FIR against him

Kochi: A police driver, who was allegedly assaulted by the daughter of a senior IPS officer, approached the Kerala High Court today seeking to quash an FIR registered against him based on a counter-complaint filed by the woman.

Seeking to quash the FIR against him, Gavaskar submitted that the woman had filed the complaint “to wreak vengeance and to settle scores.”

In his petition, Assistant Director General of Police (ADGP) Sudesh Kumar’s driver, Gavaskar alleged that the woman, upon sensing trouble, had rushed to the police station and gave a false statement saying that she was abused and her modesty was outraged.

Based on this, an FIR was registered against him, Gavaskar said.

Kumar’s daughter Snigdha had allegedly assaulted the police driver following a quarrel on June 15. A case had been registered against her under charges which are non-bailable.

In his police complaint, Gavaskar has alleged that Snigdha had verbally abused him and hit him on his neck and shoulder with her mobile phone for delay in bringing the vehicle to pick her up after her morning walk.

Based on her counter-complaint, a case was also registered against Gavaskar, who is now undergoing treatment at a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram for the injury he suffered in the alleged assault.

Seeking to quash the FIR against him, Gavaskar submitted that the woman had filed the complaint “to wreak vengeance and to settle scores.”

“It is prima facie false,” he contended.

The alleged assault of Gavaskar had triggered widespread condemnation from various quarters and Kumar was later removed as the head of Armed Police Battalions.

The issue had its echo in the state Assembly where the opposition UDF staged a walkout alleging that the LDF government was not sincere in taking action against senior police officers who deploy junior police personnel and camp followers for their personal service and treat them as “slaves”.

PTI

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