Thiruvananthapuram, May 5 (ILNS) Kerala High Court has sought report from Kerala Police Chief Lokanath Behara on a plea alleging that a person was verbally abused and ‘tortured’ by certain police officers for failing to wear a mask in a public place.
The Division Bench of Justice Devan Ramachandran and Kauser Edappagath was yesterday hearing a petition filed by Vaishak TK, seeking direction to the Station House Officer, Munambam Police Station, to preserve the visuals from the CCTV installed on April 16, 2021, in the interest of justice.
The petitioner alleged that he was apprehended by certain Police officers for not wearing a mask in a public place and that he was showered with invectives and subjected to ‘torture’.
The Court held that the allegations of the petitioner in this writ petition are certainly ones, which should engage the attention of the State Police Chief.
“We do not for a moment say, at this time, that the allegations of the petitioner are true; but we are certain that if they are, then it requires apposite reaction from the State Police Chief,” the Bench stated.
Accordingly, the Court directed the State Police Chief to place on record a report on the veracity of the allegations.
“We, therefore, adjourn this matter to be called on May 7, 2021, within which time, the State Police Chief will look and inform this Court through, a proper pleading, as
to the veracity of the allegations in this writ petition”, the order read. ILNS/SHV/RJ