HC reopens woman lawyer’s case against O P Mathur
AHMEDABAD: In a setback for former additional DGP and present director general of Raksha Shakti University, O P Mathur, Gujarat high court on Friday ordered the reopening of two-decade-old criminal proceedings against him with regard to forcible entry into a woman advocate’s house, brandishing a gun and creating drunken ruckus in 1996.
Mathur is already facing charges of criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence as head of CID (crime) in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case.
It is alleged that Mathur, then posted as additional CP in Ahmedabad, went to advocate Sarita Sharma’s house in an inebriated condition on December 22, 1996. After a scuffle, Sharma and her family took the cop to then HC judge K J Vaidya. Sharma even deposited Mathur’s service revolver, which was left behind by the cop, with the judge.
On Justice Vaidya’s orders, an inquiry was assigned to Vatva police, which probed the case and concluded that the complaint was false. Cops filed a closure report on June 19, 1999 saying that no offence was made out against Mathur.
However, a metropolitan court rejected the police’s summary report and started criminal proceedings against Mathur under sections 448 and 506(2) of IPC, though the lawyer had alleged molestation and attempt to murder as well. Mathur unsuccessfully questioned before the HC the magisterial court’s decision to initiate criminal proceedings.
As the court began hearing the case, Mathur demanded a further probe into the incident. Cops filed a closure report for the second time on September 9, 2008. This time, the court too accepted the report and put an end to the criminal case on February 27, 2009.
Sharma moved the HC where, after hearing the case, Justice Sonia Gokani quashed the police’s closure report as well as court’s order for closure of criminal proceedings.