Bangalore: obstructing the performance of his duties by the police – FIR against Nalin canceled

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Daijiworld Media Network – Bangalore (SP)

Bangalore, January 11: The state’s high court issued an order quashing a First Information Report (FIR) filed against Dakshina Kannada MP and state BJP chairman Nalin Kumar Kateel, accusing him of preventing police from perform their duties. This complaint was registered by the police personnel of the police station of the town (east) of Kadri here.

In a criminal appeal to dismiss the hearing of the case by the Second Additional Civil Court and JMFC relating to said FIR had been filed by Nalin in the High Court. A bench of single judge of the High Court chaired by Judge Sunil Dutt Yadav, who granted the petition, issued an order quashing the said FIR as well as the hearing thereof by the JMFC tribunal.

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Lawyer Pavan Chandra Shetty, who appeared on behalf of Nalin Kumar Kateel, argued that there is nothing on file to prove the allegations against the petitioner. He pointed out that under Article 105 of the Indian Constitution, People’s Representatives (Deputies) have the right to intervene if they have reason to believe that the administrative apparatus of government or officials are engaging to bad things. He stressed that the MP was only carrying out his duties and his objective was not to prevent the police personnel from performing their duties.

On September 7, 2017, BJP Yuva Morcha organized a bicycle rally from Bengaluru to Mangaluru, on the issue of community riots taking place in the state. BJP activists who were about to march out to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada in Mangaluru at 1 p.m. that day were arrested by the Inspector of Police at Mangaluru Station (east).

In this context, Kateel went to the said police station at 3 p.m. the same day and asked the inspector to show her the diary relating to the arrest of the BJP workers. The then station’s police inspector, Maruti G Nayak, complained to the station officer, alleging that Kateel had prevented him from performing his duties. On the basis of the complaint, the officer at the police station had registered the said FIR.

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