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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Court asks Gurugram cops to protect whistleblower

Chandigarh, August 18

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed Gurugram Commissioner of Police to protect the life and liberty of a whistleblower — an Air Force veteran. He is said to have complained about alleged corruption and irregularities in the construction of flyover and land deals.

"Since the petitioner is stated to have been receiving threats, the Commissioner of Police, Gurugram, is directed to ensure that the petitioners' life and liberty is duly protected...," Justice Amol Rattan Singh of the High Court asserted. The Bench also directed the filing of "at least a short affidavit" on threat perception to the petitioner and his family by a Deputy Commissioner of Police.

The direction came on a petition against the State of Haryana and other respondents by Ramesh Kumar through counsel PK Rapria. He contended the next date of hearing in the matter was September 7. But the petitioner and his family had been receiving threats and had also been attacked. He submitted that the petitioner, being a whistleblower, was required to be protected even in terms of the state government policy, but his representation in the matter had still not been decided, even though it was required is to be decided within a week. — TNS

from The Tribune

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