Thackeray FB Probe Case: Maharashtra CM may take action against erring cops today

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 05:08 hrs

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is on Saturday likely to take action against those police officers who erred in the case that led to the arrest of two 21-year-old Palghar girls.

Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan, both 21, were arrested earlier this week for questioning the need for a shutdown on November 18 due to Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's funeral.

Special inspector general (IG) of police (Konkan) Sukhwinder Singh has said in his inquiry report that Palghar senior inspector Shrikant Pingle, additional superintendent of police Sangram Nishandar and superintendent of police Ravindra Sengaonkar did not take appropriate action in the case at the correct time, said police sources.

Singh said that Indian Penal Code sections 295A and 505-2 were wrongly applied against the girls. The cops had first applied 295A (outraging religious feelings) and then replaced it with 505-2 (promoting hatred between groups). Singh's report is silent on the application of Section 66A of the IT Act. The Union IT ministry is investigating if it was proper to charge the girls under the IT Act.

Singh has recommended appropriate administrative action against all officers who ineptly handled the case, they added.

Singh's report was finally submitted on Friday, two days after the state had said it would be ready. In fact, Chavan had earlier promised action against the erring police officers by Thursday itself.

The Maharashtra Government is also expected to submit its action taken report to the central government today.

"As per rules, the entire report, along with the recommendations of Dayal and Patil, will be placed before Prithviraj Chavan. We expect to take action against all the erring officers on Saturday itself," state government sources were quoted, as saying. (ANI)

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