A Delhi court has directed the police commissioner to conduct an inquiry and deduct Rs 5,000 from the salary of police officer for his lackadaisical approach in Northeast Delhi riot cases. The court was reportedly irked over Delhi Police seeking adjournment of the case in a “very casual manner”.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Arun Kumar Garg imposed the fine after the Delhi Police failed to comply with the court’s previous order in which he had directed the investigating officer (IO) to supply a copy of an e-challan to one of the accused and sought an adjournment to supply it.
The court had earlier pulled up the Delhi Police for their “lackadaisical approach” in Northeast Delhi riot cases and had warned the police of passing adverse orders if this continues.
The judge said, “Under the circumstances, request for an adjournment for compliance of order dated April 12, 2021, is hereby allowed subject to cost of Rs. 5,000 to be deposited by Delhi Police in the Prime Minister National Relief Fund.”
In his September 25 order, the judge added, “this court is not oblivious of the fact that burden of this cost shall fall on public exchequer and hence I deem it appropriate to direct Commissioner of Police Delhi to conduct an inquiry and to order deduction of aforesaid cost from the salary of the responsible officer.”
Pointing out the Delhi Police’s casual approach to the case, the judge noted that the special public prosecutors (SPPs) and IOs do not appear in the cases on the dates fixed, and when they appear after prodding, it is without inspection of the file and then seeks adjournment in a “very casual manner”.
CMM Arun Kumar Garg noted that the conduct of the police, as well as the prosecutor, has already been brought to the notice of senior police officers, including, the Commissioner of Police. However, they have “failed to ensure that such incidents do not take place anymore”, the judge said.
The Delhi court was dealing with a case wherein the IO was directed to supply a copy of the e-challan to the accused named Komal Mishra in compliance with an order dated April 12, 2021.
However, the IO informed the court that the copy of the e-challan has not yet been supplied to the accused as he was not aware of the court order.
WHAT IS DELHI RIOT CASE?
On February 23, 2020, communal violence broke out in Delhi’s Jafrabad and spread across northeast Delhi over the next four days. This came against the backdrop of the passing of the Centre’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act and the resultant widespread protests against it.
At least 53 people lost their lives and 581 were injured in the violence that ensued. Shops and houses were burnt and destroyed.
(With inputs from PTI)