PIL Seeks Action Against Cops for Hotel Raids in Malwani

Published: 14th August 2015 08:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2015 08:16 PM   |  A+A-


MUMBAI: Terming the recent police raids on hotels in suburban Malwani as "illegal, unconstitutional and intrusive", 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 police's raid has infringed upon a citizen's fundamental right to privacy. The raid is illegal, unconstitutional and intrusive," the petition states.     

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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