PUNE: A FIR has been registered against the secretary of Rohan Nilay Co-operative Housing Society in Aundh area of Pune following a TOI report on Sunday that outlined how the society secretary violated orders issued by the district collector by making own rules.
On June 25, Sunil Shivatare, the secretary of the society held-off a pregnant for seven months, Langhu Lukia, and her family at the gates of the society along with their luggage for want of a medical certificate and when they eventually got one, he held them off by doubting the veracity of it. The family was shifting in as tenants into the society from another area of Pune. The secretary in doing so, violated the orders of the collector that says that societies cannot demand a medical certificate or put people coming from different areas of the city under needless quarantine.
The FIR was launched after preliminary investigation by inspectors of Chatrunshingi Police station on Sunday afternoon found that the secretary had issued orders in violation of the collectors order.
“I had forwarded the TOI story link to Chaturshringi police station for necessary legal action. Accordingly after verification, an offence under section 188 has been registered,” said Bachchan Singh, Pune’s deputy commissioner of police for crime.
The FIR was registered under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code that deals with the disobedience to an order duly promulgated by a public servant.
The complaint in the case was filed by deputy registrar of co-operative department, Sneha Joshi, after she said that The Times of India report prodded further suo-moto investigation.
Pune district collector, Naval Kishore Ram, told TOI on Sunday evening that anyone acting on their own whims and violating the administrations order will be taken to task. He said that the orders of the administration cannot be taken “lightly”.
He had earlier issued orders requesting societies to help the government in implementing measures like usage of masks, sanitisers and social distancing, but not take matters into their own hands by restricting movement of people and services or discriminating against people. Sunday’s action marks the first such action against any member of a co-operative society for making own rules.
“The police did visit us and took both our versions on Sunday afternoon. I told them the facts and I hope they get to check the CCTV footage. We have never complained in our lives and we were just seeking to move in and stay peacefully. We hope now we are allowed to carry-on with our lives peacefully,” said Lukia’s husband Sudhir Masih, who was unaware of the FIR till TOI called him.