Written by Bella Dalima
04 Dec, 2013 | 6:44 pm
The OICs of the Colpetty Police and its Crimes Investigations Unit were summoned to courts on Wednesday following a petition filed by five individuals stating that their basic human rights were infringed upon.
The individuals, who are employees of a hotel, charge that on July 1o, 2012, the police had brought them in for questioning and had kept them under police custody on what they claim were frivolous charges.
The petition goes on to note that the police had forcibly brought them in for questioning at around midnight to take down statements.
Subsequently it was revealed that two of the five individuals did not have their national IDs.
However, the police had not allowed the individuals in question to go back to their residence and retrieve their IDs: instead detaining them until morning. The case was initially taken up on November 18, where the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the complainants and, thereby, ordered the two police officers to apologise to the five individuals.
Upon both parties appearing before court on Wednesday, they were asked to appear before court again on March 24, as the initial bench comprising of Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, Sathya Hettige and Priyasad Depp were not present today.
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