Mangaluru: August 12, 2015: Mangaluru Bar Association urges the home minister to install CCTV cameras at all police stations in Dakshina Kannada in view of the incident pertaining to an alleged assault by a police officer on a lawyer recently.
On Wednesday, members of the association stayed away from court work after they reportedly learnt that police commissioner had revoked the suspension order against inspector T D Nagaraj, who was accused of assault against the lawyer Uttam Kumar Rai. The inspector is posted at Bajpe police station.
Association president SP Chengappa said that he will meet the home minister KJ George next week and also demand action against the police officer who had allegedly assaulted a lawyer, who had accompanied a client to the Mangaluru East Police station on July 31.
Their next course of action will be decided based on the outcome of the writ petition the association has filed at the high court. "The writ petition will be heard on Thursday. The petition is against revoking the ban on the officer until the inquiry was complete and also handing the probe to an external agency like the CID or CBI," he added. "Anticipating the petition being heard on Thursday, the officials revoked the ban," he alleged.
Chengappa said they would also request the government to open a separate court to deal with human rights violations in view of increasing alleged atrocities by police in stations.
On the assault, Chengappa said an FIR was lodged against the officer under non-bailable sections, he was not arrested. The lawyer, against whom the police officer had lodged a complaint of obstructing duty, had appeared before the court and got bail.
"If such things can happen to a lawyer, what will happen to common people who go to police station without their legal representative," questioned Chengappa, adding that their agitation was not against a person, but the institution which is gaining notoriety for alleged human rights violations and also police officers who were getting cozy sitting in one district for years.
Mangaluru Bar Association’s vice-president Yashodhar P Karkera, general secretary Raghavendra K and treasurer Yatesha were also present.