Why Telangana HC Granted Protection to Lady Lawyer? [Read Order]

In the case of P V Nagamani vs State of Telangana (WP PIL NO. 102 0f 2020), the High Court directed the Director General of Police, Telangana Police not to threaten the lady Advocate who wrote a letter to the Chief Justice regarding the custodial death of One Saleem Rangaiah.

BACKGROUND

Smt. P V Nagamani, a Practicing Advocate addressed a letter on 26.05.2020 to the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court. In her letter, she alleged custodial death of Seelam Rangaiah. She wrote in the letter that Mr Seelam Rangaiah was brought to the Manthani police station and was kept in a lock-up for four days. There, he was subjected to custodial torture.  She also claimed that on 26.05.2020 at 4.00 A.M. Mr Seelam Rangaiah died in lock-up under suspicious circumstances due to unable to bear the atrocities. The High Court treated the said letter as Public Interest Litigation and took cognizance based on the said letter.

The Court through its order dated 27.05.2020 directed Mr Anjani Kumar, Commissioner of Hyderabad Police to personally investigate the case about the incident which had taken place in the  Manthani Police Station on 26.05.2020 and to submit his report. Consequently, the commissioner submitted the report on 19.06.2020 before the Court. The report was submitted confidentially, and the Court further directed to keep it confidential in the custody of Registrar General of the Court. But, to be fair, the High Court permitted the Petitioner to take notes from the report and if necessary, to file counter to the said report.

GRIEVANCES OF THE PETITIONER

  • The Petitioner verbally deposed before the Court that ever since she was permitted by the Court to file the counter to the said report, both she and her husband were being harassed by the police at her native place and also in Hyderabad. As per her statement, her husband was falsely implicated in two different FIRs. She also stated that her husband was falsely implicated in FIR no. 176 of 2020, registered at Police Station, Basanth Nagar, Ramagundam District.
  • She told the Court that she was also being threatened over the phone by the Police Department. She was being threatened that if she filed any counter to the report of the Police commissioner then not only her life but her children lives’ would also be in danger.
  • The Circle Inspector of Police had threatened to commit suicide if she did not withdraw the case filed by her. Therefore, she sought both police protection and stringent action by the Court against the Police Department.

OBSERVATIONS OF THE HIGH COURT

  • The Court directed the Petitioner as well as her husband Mr Gattu Vaman Rao to submit an affidavit by 11.09.2020, about the allegations that made against the Police Department. Further, such an affidavit should be accompanied by any documentary evidence to substantiate their allegations.
  • The Court directed the Director General of Police, Telangana State to ensure that any police officer does not threaten the Petitioner and her husband Mr Gattu Vaman Rao and both of them shall not to called in the police station as long as this case is sub Judice before the Court.

Story By- Rohit Mathur (Intern)

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