HC directs Punjab Police to pay Rs 1L each to woman, daughter for ‘illegal detention’
THE PUNJAB and Haryana High Court has directed Punjab Police to award compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to a woman and her daughter, who were illegally detained for two days. The petitioner, Parneet Kaur, through counsel Advocate Jagmohan Singh Bhatti, had moved the High Court in 2019, filing a habeas corpus plea, seeking that Harvinder Kaur and her daughter Rupinder Kaur be freed and be produced before this court after conducting their medical examination from a civil surgeon or any other competent authority, as the detenues were claimed to have been illegally detained by the Ropar SSP, and one Harpal Singh of Ropar.
The single bench of HC appointed a warrant officer, and it was concluded by the court that that the report of the warrant officer showed that mother and daughter had been detained in the Ropar City police station illegally, without following any procedure as per law, to ensure the presence of Parvinder Singh (Harvinder Kaur’s husband) in a connection with a murder case. Holding that it was a gross violation of fundamental rights of the citizens, it was opined by the single bench that action needed to be taken against the erring officials and the detenues needed to be compensated. The matter was thus referred to a larger bench for issuing guidelines to protect the fundamental rights of the citizens.