Tiger Camp Resort In Jim Corbett: ‘Denied rooms’, Uttarakhand cops raid, arrest Corbett resort owner | Dehradun News


DEHRADUN: The inspector general of Kumaon range Yogendra Singh Rawat on Saturday suspended Ramnagar SHO Arun Saini in Nainital district and initiated a departmental inquiry after a contempt petition against the police officer was accepted by the Uttarakhand high court for allegedly raiding a plush resort in Corbett Tiger Reserve and arresting its owner for serving liquor to wedding guests in violation of the Excise Act.
Hearing the contempt petition, the HC has directed the DGP and principal secretary (home) to appear via video conferencing on the next hearing on Tuesday.
‘Contempt case’ against cops filed in HC by resort owner
The raid at Tiger Camp Resort was allegedly carried out as retribution after the owner Rajeev Sah refused to provide free rooms to them. Sah spent the entire night of November 29 in lockup before he was paraded before the media and released on bail.
Sah said he was unable to provide rooms to the officers as the entire resort was booked for a wedding. Soon after the wedding was over, police raided the resort and found 10 empty and one half-full liquor bottle. He was arrested immediately and taken to the local thana. Sah’s lawyer argued that typical protocol involves issuing notices or challans, but the police opted to arrest him on the spot. Once released, Sah filed a contempt case against the police officers, including SHO inspector Arun Saini, senior sub-inspector Prakash Pokhriyal and sub-inspector Deepak Bisht. Saini had allegedly sought free rooms, which Sah couldn’t offer due to prior commitments. Sah, presenting text messages as evidence before the court, said the officers had sought free rooms in the past as well. When asked whether an accused in such an offence can be arrested without issuing a notice, SSI Pokhriyal said, “The Excise Act does not prohibit arrest, but in such cases, bail can be granted from the police station.
In this particular case, no bail was sought from the police station after the arrest.” Sah’s lawyer Dushyant Mainali said, “In such cases, if arrest is necessary, the police would have to mention why the violator was not served a notice or challan. But the police could not give any satisfactory answer. Arresting my client was a violation of Supreme Court guidelines, which prohibits detention of individuals for minor offences without proper justification.”


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