HC stays arrest of suspended IPS officers

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Allahabad, Sep 21 (UNI) Allahabad High Court today stayed the arrest of six IPS officers against whom FIRs were lodged in connection with the alleged scam in police constables recruitment.

Staying the arrrest of all the six IPS officers, a division bench comprising Justices S R Alam and V D Chaturvedi, asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a counter-affidavit in this case, fixing October 11, 2007 for further orders on the petitions.

The judges directed the police officers to cooperate in the case investigation and directed the investigating officers to conclude the investigation in these matters, preferably within a period of three months.

IPS officers B B Bakshi, R N Yadav, Akhilesh Mehrotra,Shailendra Pratap Singh, Arun Kumar Gupta and Surendra Bahadur had filed the writ petition.

All the police officers were represented by three senior HC advocates.

Appearing for them, senior advocates G S Chaturvedi, S M A Kazmi and Virendra Bhatia contended the court that FIR was filed in proforma form without any specific allegation against any individual officer and lodged merely on the basis of probability of the commission of offence.

The counsels argued that since no any specific role has been assigned in the FIR against the police officers, therefore, they claimed interference of the court under article 226 of the Constitution.

Taking note of the arguments, the judges stayed the arrest of police officers.

These IPS officers were put under suspension and FIRs lodged against them for committing offence, while making irregularities in recruitment of constables during the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav regime.

UNI

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