Techie case: State govt, policemen get MSHRC notice
Ketan Tanna | TNN
Mumbai: Taking suo motu cognisance of a report in the The Times of India on how Bangalore IT professional K Lakshmana was jailed for 50 days on false charges of defaming Shivaji, the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) has issued notices to the state government, the chief secretary, additional chief secretary (home), DGP, Mumbai, and commissioner and assistant commissioner of police, Pune city, for â€œbreach of (Lakshmanaâ€™s) human rightsâ€™â€™.
In a one-page notice, MSHRC chairperson Justice Khsitij R Vyas said the mental agony and torture suffered by Lakshmana was an evidence of the â€œsorry state of affairs in a country where every citizen has a right to live, move and breathe freelyâ€™â€™. These rights cannot be taken away at whim or in a careless manner as has been done in this case, Justice Vyas said, adding, â€œWe are living in democracy where the rule of law prevails. There is no place for jungle raj where anybody can be picked up and put behind bars. The fact that Lakshmanaâ€™s bail plea was rejected by the court shows the manner in which the police had collected material against him with the sole objective of branding him an accused.â€™â€™ The special IGP of the MSHRCâ€™s investigation wing has been directed to seize the case papers and produce it before the panel.
Meanwhile, Lakshmana said he was happy that his innocence had been proved.