The Rajasthan High Court recently issued notice in a plea to identify and act against policemen who have allegedly committed excesses against the citizens, under the garb of enforcing the lockdown in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 (Ashish Davessar vs. State of Rajasthan & Ors).
Last week, a Division Bench comprising of Justice G R Moolchandani and Justice Narendra Singh Dhaddha observed that they have come across several reports demonstrating the exemplary positive work done by police authorities.
All the same, the Court opined that the State ought to respond on the concerns raised by the petition. The Bench, therefore, directed the State authorities to file a reply to the petition by April 7, Tuesday, when the matter will be taken up next. The order states,
Rajasthan High Court
While passing the above order, the Court also noted that the public should not be harmed while curbing the spread of COVID-19.
The plea filed by Advocate Ashish Davessar invites the attention of the High Court towards the alleged atrocities committed by policemen in Rajasthan. The plea also raises concerns over the further blocking of essential services, leading to severe hardships for citizens.
The petition prays for the Court to direct the State to identify and register cases against the policemen who have committed excesses against citizens.
It is also urged that the Court direct the State of Rajasthan to ensure that the supply of and access to essential services and commodities are not blocked in any manner by the Police force.
The matter will be heard next on April 7.
[Read the order]