4 October 2014

Two policemen who were involved in preparation of the charge sheet against BJP President Amit Shah for alleged hate speech, which was rejected by a local court, have been transferred.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (New Mandi Circle) Yogender Singh and Investigation Officer of the case Sub-Inspector Bharat Lal were shifted yesterday.

SSP H N Singh, however, said it is a routine transfer and has no connection with the Amit Shah case.

Deputy SP Yogender Singh has been shifted to police lines from the Circle of New Mandi, while Sub-Inspector Bharat Lal has been shifted to Bhorakala Police Station from the New Mandi Police Station, he said.

SI Bharat Lal had investigated the case while Dy SP Yogender Singh had filed the chage sheet in the court.

Shah was charge sheeted by the police on September 10 for his alleged hate speech during campaigning here for the Lok Sabha elections.

The court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunder Lal on September 11 refused to take cognisance of the charge sheet against BJP President Amit Shah in connection with the alleged hate speech made by him and returned it to the police.

Lal had refused to take cognisance of the charge sheet as police had not followed the provisions of 173[2] CrPc in which they did not try to arrest the accused before filing the charge sheet in court.

Returning the charge sheet to remove errors, the court had said police cannot file a charge sheet under section 188 IPC as it should be filed as a private complaint by the officer concerned, who had imposed prohibitory orders which were violated.