Chandigarh, December 3: The Justice (Retd.) Mehtab Singh Gill Commission on Sunday submitted the fourth interim report in the false cases registered under the Akali regime, recommending action on 30 of the 112 complaints examined in this round.
Among the 30 cases in which action has been recommended is the case against Kotkapura journalist Naresh Kumar under various sections of IPC. Citing his acquittal by the Faridkot judicial court, the Commission has recommended cancellation of FIR against the journalist, according to an official spokesperson.
Justice Gill said the Commission had recommended legal action against the complainant and the police officials who have registered a false case against Naresh Kumar out of sheer political vendetta.
In its 4th report, the Commission has dismissed 82 complaints/cases on various grounds, said the spokesperson, adding that the two-member Commission, which has former District and Sessions Judge B.S. Mehndiratta as member, has now disposed off 563 of the total 4371 complaints received till 31st July 2017.
Some of the complaints were referred to the Commission by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Subsequently, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has accepted the recommendations of the Commission and directed the Home department to take appropriate action. The Commission had also referred cases for grant of compensation to the persons, who were targeted by the previous regime of political vendetta and now acquitted by the courts.
It may be recalled that the third interim report of the Commission, relating to 101 cases/complaints received by it across the state, had recommended cancellation of FIRs in a total of 12 cases, five of them after taking appropriate orders from the Court. The Commission had also recommended action against two Investigation Officers (IOs) for their alleged biased role under the political influence.
In its second interim report, the Commission had found political vendetta involved in all the 47 cases identified by it as false. In that report, the Commission had recommended cancellation of FIRs in 37 of these cases, while in four cases it has suggested compensation to accused acquitted by courts. In the remaining six, it recommended other action, such as not to file challans in courts.
Earlier, it had submitted its first interim report in August recommending compensation in 130 cases after examining 172 complaints.