Finally, lawyer, cop agree to end stalemate
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HC Fracas: Chand says Khosla abused HIM thrice slapped him...Never abused, spoke forcefully, claims Khosla
Ending the stand off, a 'compromise' was struck between Rupinder Khosla, former Punjab Additional Advocate General (AAG), and Ramesh Chand, head constable on Friday. While recording their statements before the Punjab and Haryana High Court registrar, both parties offered to end the stalemate by refusing to pursue their "grievances".
To maintain "harmony in society" and ensure "administration of justice", both the parties signed their statements before the registrar, offering to end the matter. Stating that "let bygones by bygones", Khosla recorded that he would request the Chandigarh Administration and UT Police not to initiate any departmental action against Chand.
On the other hand, Chand also offered that he did not want any action to be taken in this regard. Before entering into a compromise, both the parties recorded their statements with Shekhar Kumar Dhawan, Registrar, Vigilance.
Recounting the event, Khosla and Chand narrated their accounts of the February 26 incident, when Chand was reportedly thrashed by a group of lawyers at the High Court. Chand was thrashed after he had allegedly slapped Khosla, who was unable to produce a smart card that is mandatory for entering the court.
Significantly, Chand submitted that he was "abused thrice" by Khosla, after which he "slapped" Khosla. Earlier, Chand did not mention this fact, that he had slapped Khosla, to the Chandigarh Police. The FIR that was registered against Khosla and 19 other lawyers was also silent on this fact.
Chand further submitted that after he slapped Khosla he was attacked by a group of lawyers and was beaten up in public.
Denying that he had abused, Khosla said that when he was entering the gate Chand had stopped him. Khosla, in his statement, said that he had only "spoken forcefully" with Chand. Khosla also told the registrar that to ensure that there was no violence, he immediately called up UT Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naunihal Singh, asking the SSP to send police force to control the situation.
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