The Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court (HC) recently directed the Station House Officer of Vasmat Nagar police station to purchase latest bare acts pertaining to various crimes for the police station.
The Order was issued after the Station House Officer had failed to respond to certain queries posed by the Court in January. The court had initially imposed a fine of ₹10,000 on the officer for dereliction of duty but withdrew the fine. The officer had offered to contribute ₹2,500 to the High Court library as a goodwill gesture, following which the court directed him to buy law books for the police station.
The Court was hearing a petition filed by a teacher seeking directions against the management of a group of schools which had allegedly stopped his salary when he refused to pay illegal gratification of Rs.15 lacs for continuing him in employment.
The bench of Justice Ravindra V Ghuge and Justice BU Debadwar stated:
“We are of the view that such issues should not be brought before this Court in a criminal Writ Petition since the demand for gratification for continuation in employment can be looked into by the Education Department and if the grievance is not redressed, he can approach this Court on the civil side.”
Further the bench directed the Station House Officer to buy latest bare acts and said, “We are of the view that the Station House Officer should purchase latest bare acts on criminal laws like Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, Evidence Act, the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO), the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA), the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA), the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Slumlords, Bootleggers, Drug-Offenders/Dangerous Persons and Video Pirates Act, 1981 (MPDA), the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 (DV Act), etc., for the Vasmatnagar Rural Police Station. After purchasing such books, he would transmit the copy of receipt of purchase to the learned prosecutor, who would submit a compliance report to this Court.”