On 3rd June, 2016 Supreme Court directed the Government of Madhya Pradesh to pay a sum of rupees 5 Lakhs to each of the women arrested unlawfully by the government officials. This money is to be paid as compensation to the women for the mental and physical agony suffered by them.
The Court also dismissed the pending proceeding before the Magistrate Court under Section 66-A (b) of the Information Technology Act read with section 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
The whole case began when the Bhopal police arrested Rini Johar and her mother under the charges of selling defective gadgets to Vikram Rajput. Executing the compensation to the victims, the Supreme Court stated that “the investigating in no circumstances can flout the law with brazen proclivity and in such a situation a constitutional court taking note of suffering and humiliation of the petitioners are entitled to grant compensation”.
The Court also stated that “on the perusal of the FIR, it is clear to us that the dispute is purely of a civil nature, but a maladroit effort has been made to give it a criminal colour”. Further, “there has been violation of Article 21 of the petitioners who were compelled to face humiliation.”
By – Simran Arora