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PIL filed in Bombay HC seeking action against police officials in Mumbai hotel raids

The PIL filed by Khar resident Sumeer Sabharwal has also sought an investigation by an independent agency into the incident

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
August 14, 2015 10:27:37 pm

Stating that the recent police raids on hotels in suburban Malwani was wrongful exercise of power by them, a PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court seeking action against the concerned police officials.

On August 6, the police had cracked down on hotels and bars in suburban Malwani area and imposed fine on several couples on charges of indecency in what came to be dubbed as “moral policing.”

The PIL filed by Khar resident Sumeer Sabharwal has also sought an investigation by an independent agency into the incident and for it to be monitored by the high court.

“The action of the police officers under the garb of raid was illegal and unconstitutional. It was intrusive and infringed on the freedom of movement guaranteed under the Constitution ,” the petition states.

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Apart from inquiry and action against the police team that had conducted the raid, the petition has sought proceedings against the couples to be quashed and cancellation of the fine amount.

The petition has also sought compensation for the couples.

“The petition was mentioned before a division bench headed by Justice V M Kanade today, which has placed it for hearing on August 20,” petitioner’s lawyer Vinay Rathi said.

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