All illegal police 'chowkies' will have to go: HC

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Mumbai, Jan 17 (UNI) Reprimanding the Maharashtra government following police authorities' contravening the provisions of law, the Bombay High Court today ruled that all police 'chowkies' irrespective of whether the illegal 'chowkies' in the city were regularised or not, would have to go.

Acting on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a city resident Inder Chhugani, a division bench comprising Justices Bilal Nazki and Sharad Bobade also directed the Mumbai Police Commissioner to submit a plan of action within a week's time.

During the course of hearing, Public Prosecutor Satish Borulkar informed the court that as directed by the court last time, the police authorities had removed three police 'chowkies', including two within the jurisdiction of Khar police station and third within the jurisdiction of S V Road police station.

He also informed that pursuant to orders of the court, all boards of sponsors had also been removed.

At this juncture, when the judges asked to which level the donations and sponsorships were being accepted, the Public Prosecutor said the donations were accepted at police station level.

The court directed the Police Commissioner to issue a circular to all police officers under him and to all police stations not to accept any donations, whether in cash or any kind, from any person or organisation.

The judges came down heavily on the police machinery for contravening provisions of law and constructing police 'chowkies' without any permissions.

When the Public Prosecutor pointed out that they have moved the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for regularisation of the 'chowkies', the judges observed that whether the local authority has regularised them or not, all chowkies will have to go and directed the Police Commissioner to submit action plan in that regard.


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