HC pulls up police: Not convinced by status report on gangrape case

Upset with the first investigation report on the gangrape of a 23-year-old woman, the Delhi High Court on Friday observed that the police were trying to convey that no officer was at fault even though the victim was sexually assaulted for about 40 minutes in a moving bus.

Perusing the report submitted in a sealed cover, a bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw pulled up the police for not coming out with details of the officers who were stationed in PCR vans and on patrolling duty elsewhere last Sunday night on the stretch in question.

"Reading of your report indicates that you want to say that no police officer was at fault," the bench said when it noticed that the report failed to throw up names.

"We wanted details of the police officers on duty on that day and action taken against them. But your report is silent on that. Where is the compliance with paragraph seven of our previous order? We wanted all the details but information has not been provided," said the bench which had taken a suo motu cognisance of the incident.

Recording in its order that it was "not convinced" with the report since it was "silent" on culpability of the police officers and action, if any, taken against the erring ones, the court made it clear that while it did not want to say more on the investigation, it wanted quality-probe into the case.

"We must say that the investigation must be fair and also fast. It should adhere to the standards of a quality probe," the bench said. It ordered the police to file a more comprehensive and pointed report by January 9, the next date of hearing.

Meanwhile, Najmi Waziri, standing counsel for Delhi government, assured the bench of a fair and fast investigation into the case. He also agreed with the court that a better report was to be filed on behalf of the police.

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