Rajeev Sinha, Amar Ujala, New Delhi.
Published by: Yogesh Sahu
Updated Sat, 10 Jul 2021 07:35 PM IST
The Supreme Court has said that the freedom of the poor is no less than the freedom of the rich or those who have resources. A bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah made this remark in the case of illegally keeping a truck driver Jitendra Kumar in police custody for 35 days in Bihar.
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During the hearing, the counsel appearing for the Bihar government told the bench that we have acted like a responsible state. The concerned station in-charge has been suspended. Disciplinary proceedings are also going on.
To this, the bench told the counsel that the State should not have filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against the High Court’s decision in the matter. You have come to the Supreme Court because according to you five lakh compensation to a truck driver is too much.
Order to give five lakh compensation is correct: Supreme Court
The bench also said that in case of loss of liberty, it is not that rich people get more compensation but poor people get more. The freedom of the poor is no less than the freedom of the rich or the powerful. The Supreme Court said that the order of the High Court to pay a compensation of five lakhs to the truck driver is correct.
believe the argument that he was in the police station voluntarily
The bench asked the counsel whether the state government was trying to say that the police had released him, but he was in the police station of his own free will and was enjoying his freedom. You understand that the court should believe your argument.
The bench also asked what your DIG has said about this. In the order of the High Court, the report of the DID has been taken on record that the FIR was not registered within the stipulated time. The statement of the injured person was not recorded. Neither the vehicle was inspected and the vehicle and the driver were illegally taken into custody without any reason.
There seems to be complete ‘police raj’ in Bihar: Court
Justice Chandrachud said that there seems to be complete ‘police raj’ in Bihar. Saying this, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of the Bihar government. In December last year, the High Court had termed the illegal detention of truck driver Jitendra Kumar as a violation of the rights of citizens under Article 21 of the Constitution and asked the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the driver within six weeks. said. Jitendra was kept in illegal custody under Parsa police station allegedly in connection with an accident.