HC seeks status report from Himachal Pradesh Police on businessman’s complaint

 The Himachal Pradesh High Court issued a notice to the state police on Friday, seeking a status report on a complaint filed by a Palampur-based businessman alleging threat to his life and property.

In his complaint to the Shimla superintendent of police (SP), Nishant Sharma has also marked the chief justice of the high court and alleged an impending threat to him, his family members and property from his partners, while citing an incident of “brutal attack” on him in Haryana’s Gurugram on August 25 and claiming that two influential persons from Himachal Pradesh, including a former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, were identified in the CCTV camera footage of the incident.

“I came to Palampur in Kangra district after the attack, but the DGP called me from his official number and forced me to come to Shimla, and on the same day, two criminals stopped me at McLeodganj in Dharamshala and threatened to harm my two-and-a-half-year-old kid and wife,” the businessman has alleged.

Shimla SP Sanjeev Kumar Gandhi confirmed receiving an official communication from the court to submit a status report in the case on November 16.

“I drove to the house of the Superintendent of Police, Kangra at Dharamshala and narrated the plight to her and gave her my complaint, but nothing has been done so far,” Sharma has claimed.

The businessman, who addressed the media in Palampur on Monday, said he was dismayed to learn that a false and manufactured case was lodged against him.

“I demand an independent and unbiased investigation and the lodging of an FIR against everyone, including the DGP. This is the only way you would be able to apprehend this whole gang of extortionists,” he had said.

Earlier, a case of defamation was registered against Sharma on a complaint from Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Kundu for allegedly harming his reputation and attempting to malign his image.

In his complaint, the DGP had maintained that Sharma, a resident of Palampur, wrote to him on his official e-mail address on October 29, with copies to other officials, and made false allegations with intentions to harm his reputation and tarnish his image.

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A case under sections 211 (false charge of offence made with intent to injure), 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation), 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal code (IPC) was registered against the businessman.

The DGP had said he had filed the criminal complaint against Sharma and would also file a civil suit for defamation against him. He had claimed that the businessman had levelled false allegations against him and several other renowned people.

Calls were made to Sharma from the police headquarters as there were apprehensions that something nefarious was going on, the DGP had said, adding that the Gurugram Police had not found any cognisable offence in the businessman’s complaint regarding the attack on him.

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