JORHAT, May 13 � Even after being accused under sections like 294, 341, 332 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in connection with a case (159/2013) of Mariani police station, the police gave VIP treatment to Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi instead of treating him as an �ordinary criminal�, observed the court of subdivisional judicial magistrate (SDJM), Titabor.
In response to a petition filed by Jorhat-based advocate Rintu Goswami, the court directed the police to submit the chargesheet in connection with the case of alleged assault to a police constable by Kurmi and another accomplice in 2013.
However, after the perusal of the chargesheet, the court on Monday observed that the police showed some discrimination between an ordinary criminal and the MLA though law prescribes equal treatment to all criminals in such a case.
The police neither arrested him and his accomplice nor granted bail to them during the investigation into the alleged assault case in which the injured police constable Kamal Mohan had to be admitted to a hospital.
�As per the chargesheet of this case, the accused in this case are neither in jail nor on bail and considering the nature of the offence under the facts and circumstances of this case, it appears that police gave special or VIP treatment to the accused by not treating them as ordinary criminals,� stated the order of the SDJM.
The order, which directed the police to issue a non-bailable arrest warrant against Kurmi on Monday, also stated that every accused should be treated equally under the Constitution of India irrespective of their race, status and position.