How Goondas Act can be used in family disputes, decries Allahabad HC over misuse of law

Prayagraj, 21 September: The Allahabad High Court has said that in registering a case under the Goondas Act, the order issued by the Additional Chief Secretary on September 10, 2021, should be ensured in the state. The court has directed the Principal Secretary Home and DGP to get the order implemented so that the law is not misused.

The Additional Chief Secretary has said in his order that after carefully examining the provisions of the Goondas Act, notice should be issued so that the law is not misused. In this case, punitive action will be taken against the guilty officers and employees for laxity.

In the domestic case of dowry harassment, the court had expressed displeasure over the notice of the Goondas Act and sought an affidavit. In this order this order has been issued.

Meanwhile, District Magistrate (DM) Sonbhadra told in the affidavit that the ADM has withdrawn the notice of the Goonda Act. On this, the court has not issued instructions and directed to ensure compliance of the government order. This order has been given by a division bench of Justice SP Kesarwani and Justice Piyush Agrawal on the petition of Shiv Prasad Gupta.

It is known that ADM Sonbhadra issued a show cause notice to the petitioner under the Goondas Act regarding a family dispute, which was challenged. The court said that there is no justification for issuing a notice under the Goondas Act. How the Goondas Act can be applied on a family dispute.

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