Bombay HC directs SHO to buy law books for the police station

The Bombay High Court (Aurangabad Bench) has directed the Station House Officer, Vasmat Nagar Police, Hingoli, to buy law books related to various crimes for the police station after the Court pulled him up for not responding to the Court’s queries in January 2021.

In the instant case, the Court had sought information about action taken by the police on a teacher’s complaint filed in 2013. Initially, the Court imposed a fine of Rupees 10,000 on the officer for dereliction of duty. However, the officer volunteered to deposit Rupees 2500 to the Court library; the Court agreed and asked him to buy law books for the police station.

This direction was passed when the Division Bench heard a petition filed by a teacher (Gopinath Galande) who sought directions against a school’s management that had stopped his salary after he refused to pay the gratification amount. 

In 2013, the petitioner filed a complaint against the management after they stopped his salary and asked him to pay Rs Fifteen lakh, and the 2017 complaint was regarding a teacher who was accused of drawing a salary from two schools.

The police dismissed the 2013 complaint as there was no merit, but FIR was registered in the 2017 complaint.

When the case reached the Court, the Bench asked the SHO about the complaint and asked him to respond on January 14. After the SHO failed to respond, the Court asked him to appear in person and imposed a cost of Rupees 10,000 on him.

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Before the Court, the SHO submitted that he could not get the Court’s order as the station’s fax machine was not working, and the Court withdrew the cost.

The officer volunteered to donate Rupees 2500 to the Court library, but the Bench stated that the SHO should buy the latest law books and bare acts for the police station.

Hon’ble Court disposed of the 2017 complaint and gave the liberty to the petitioner to resort to proper remedy for redressal of the 2013 complaint.

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