Cop gets 'social service' punishment

PTI, PANAJI | 08 August 2013 17:06 IST

In a landmark order, Goa State Police Complaint Authority (GSPCA) has directed a police inspector to perform social service in ten gram panchayats across the state as a punishment for his refusal to register First Information Reprt (FIR) in a custodial death case.

Vishwesh Karpe had refused registration of FIR in the custodial death case of NRI Cypriano Fernandes on January 15, 2011.

Cypriano had been arrested by Panaji police for trying to attack a woman. He was allegedly tortured in the police lock-up. Several policemen, including then police inspector Sandesh Chodankar, were suspended pending inquiry.

Cypriano was declared dead at Goa Medical College and Hospital, a state-run facility which falls under the jurisdiction of Agassaim police station then headed by Karpe. He is currently attached to Anjunem police station.

Rights activist Jowett D'Souza had moved GSPCA demanding action against the officer for dereliction of duty.

GSPCA Chairman R M S Khandeparkar in his judgment has directed Karpe "to perform a social service in the form of educating members of ten different village panchayats of his choice about the existence, functioning, purpose and utility as well as the complaint disposal procedure followed by the GSPCA."

"Each village panchayat shall be from different talukas and five of them shall be from north and rest from south districts", the order said. GSPCA directed the police officer to carry out social service even when he is not on duty.

"On performance of such service, within fifteen days therefrom, the inspector shall file the report with the office of the authority as well as Inspector General (IG) of Police", the ruling said holding the IG responsible for compliance of the order.

GSPCA said that disciplinary proceedings will be initiated against the inspector for failing to file FIR but with a rider that the proceedings be kept on hold for one year.

"The proceedings will start immediately if the inspector is found involved in any other act amounting to misconduct," the authority has said.

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Good landmark decision but whose is the man in the photograph? Mr. Authority? Goanews is not known for such vague journalism.Please maintain the high standard you have set.

- rajan kamat, Mapusa | 09 th August 2013 10:25

 

This is Justice for misuse of Power. Congratulations to all who delivered Justice.

Sadly NRI Cypriano Fernandes died a Tragic Death at hands of Persons who should protect life and society.

Vishwesh Karpe pay back for your Bad Deeds...

- Jose, Jose Goa UK | 08 th August 2013 18:16

 

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