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Monday, 21 December 2020

DFO’s arrest in assault case unjustified: Ambala court

Chandigarh, December 20

The arrest of a Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) for allegedly assaulting his senior, a Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), has taken a new turn with a court in Ambala terming the arrest "unjustified" and contrary to SC guidelines.

It has also surfaced that two days before the government withdrew administrative powers from Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Amarinder Kaur, she had written to the state terming the FIR against the DFO "contrary to the instructions issued by the department".

The CCF, G Raman, had lodged an FIR against the DFO, Virender Singh Gill, on December 7, accusing him of assault for refusing to clear "doubtful" files and payments. The DFO was arrested on December 16. The same day, the government had withdrawn administrative powers from the PCCF.

When Gill was produced before Judicial Magistrate Anita Rani on December 17, the court said reasons mentioned for the arrest were not tenable. It said the accused was arrested six days after the FIR and the documents revealed that the probe officer did not make efforts to make the accused join the probe. — TNS

from The Tribune

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