The National Human Rights Commission took a serious note on the “non responsive attitude” of the Director General of Police, Telangana and has asked him to be personally present before it in connection with a claimed harassment of an anti-CAA protestor, by senior police officials in the state. The Commission has issued the conditional warrant under section 13, of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, after the DGP failed to submit the required report, as requested by the Commission, in the month of January this year.
The Commission observed, that it had taken cognizance of the matter on January 22, 2020 and had asked for the Action Taken Report from DGP, Telangana but no report was received. Subsequently, proceedings dated May 12, 2020 was put on and last opportunity was given to the DGP to submit the required report but the same has not been received till date.
It was observed, “Despite giving last opportunity no report has been submitted till date. The Commission takes a serious note of this non responsive attitude. Let be issued against the DGP Telangana. He is directed to personally appear before the Commission on 01.02.2021 at 11 am along with the requisite report.”
It was even clarified that if the requisite report is received in the Commission a week prior to the scheduled date then his personal appearance shall be relinquished. NHRC had taken cognizance on a complaint by Amnesty member named Mohammad Abdul Mujeeb, proclaiming harassment by senior police officials against a person who was protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA) in the state of Telangana, in the month January this year.
In view of the newspaper report narrating Mohammad Abdul Mujeeb complaint, his advocates Bilal Khan and Anshu Kapoor moved the NHRC on behalf of him. They urged that the complainant was purely exercising his Fundamental Right under Article 19(1)(b) whereas the allegations against the police were serious. However, the Karimnagar police had outrightly rejected these claims.