Slap-gate:Court Asks Police to Lodge FIR

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SRINAGAR: Expressing anguish over the incident of manhandling of a senior government officer by a minister, Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Kishtwar Monday directed the police to investigate the matter thoroughly and lodge an FIR against the MOS (Home), Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo.

Pertinently Kitchloo had allegedly slapped the Chief Executive Officer Kishtwar Development Authority, Reyaz Ahmed Choduhri after which the said officer had approached the court against seeking its help in registering an FIR.

Acting on the complaint of plaintiff, CJM, Kishtawar, Ajay Kumar Gupta directed the police to investigate the matter thoroughly.

“The complaint is referred to Station House Officer, Kishtawar under section 156, 3 CrPc to investigate the matter and initiate action in this regard.” CJM has also directed police to lodge an FIR against the minister.

“If there are no grounds for lodging an FIR then submit your report with full details giving reasons for the same till May 14th,” CJM said.

The counsel for plaintiff, Advocate Zulqarnain said that the court has directed the police to investigate the matter and if they find the complaint genuine then they should lodge an FIR against the minister and if not then they should give reasons for it and submit their report before the court of CJM on May 14th.

MoS Home Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo allegedly slapped Choudhary at Tourist Receipt Centre Kishtwar just before Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s visit to the area on April 18. 

When the officer tried to resist slapping by holding the minister’s hand, National Conference workers present there gave a severe thrashing to the CEO. 

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