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HC dismisses IAS hopeful’s plea seeking quashing of FIR

The Bombay High Court dismissed a petition filed by an IAS aspirant seeking quashing of an FIR registered against him for allegedly getting into scuffle with police and observed that police should not be made a “soft target”.

The petitioner was booked by police under various charges including obstructing a public servant from performing his duty.

His plea contended that he and his woman friend, a CA by profession, had attended a party in a club in South Mumbai on December 31 last year. After the party got over, the duo booked a private cab and were waiting outside the club when a policeman came and asked them to vacate the place.

The petitioner, whose name is withheld, said the police personnel passed remarks about the dress worn by the petitioner’s friend, following which a verbal duel ensued which resulted in a minor scuffle.

The petitioner was then taken to the police station and an FIR was lodged against him.

The petitioner requested dismissal of FIR saying he does not want a case against him as he has to appear for civil services exams.

However, a division bench of Justices R V More and V L Achiliya, dismissed the petition on the ground that it does not merit the court’s intervention.

“Don’t make the police a soft target. If they (police) do something then people have problem…if they don’t do then also people have problem. If tomorrow they stop doing their work, then we will see what happens to the law and order in the city,” the bench said.

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