Belthangady , June 20, 2018: The Belthangady Circle Inspector of Police landed himself in the soup after asking a woman lawyer not to post negative reviews on Facebook against an eatery and cautioning her that she would be booked under the IT Act if she does not stop doing it.
In an audio clip, it is said Circle Inspector of Police Sandesh P.G. makes a call and asks, “Is it Roody?” and introduces himself. Later, he tells the man that his wife had been posting negative comments against Hallimane Family Restaurant at Ujire on the quality of food there, and asks the man not to repeat it.
The man promptly hands over the phone to his wife and Insp Sandesh repeats the same words. Unperturbed, the woman tells Insp. Sandesh that there is no bar on posting reviews on social media and asks him to get himself corrected.
Yet, Insp Sandesh tells the couple that they could have complained to the Food Inspector or withheld payment for the bill at the hotel. The woman then says that the eatery proprietor, Praveen, had threatened them at gunpoint, forcing them to make payment which they obliged; but they could not file a police complaint as they had to rush back to Mumbai. She further said, “He is my relative and he behaves rudely with all people in his surroundings. The ‘bad food’ spoiled the entire family function.” She added that she would be lodging a complaint with the DK DC.
Insp. Sandesh continued to tell her not to post further comments or he would register an FIR, the woman dares him to file one. “I too know the law; I am a lawyer. I will answer you people before court,” she said and sought to know the name of the inspector [Mr. Sandesh had only introduced himself to her husband initially]. When the officer refuses to reveal his name and resorts to address her in singular, the woman then says that she would file a harassment case against the officer. When the woman insists that he has no jurisdiction and cautions him to be careful before calling again, the Circle Inspector hangs up the phone.
Later, Insp. Sandesh told media that he made the call on June 18, Monday evening as the complainant had said that “bad comments” were being posted since a week. “I did not speak anything wrong, but only cautioned the woman not to continue posting negative comments,” he said.