HC to monitor gangrape probe, says nobody’s safe
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Bench led by Chief Justice asks police to explain how bus with tinted glass kept plying on busy road for 40 mins without being stopped.
Taking suo motu cognisance of the gangrape incident, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday decided to monitor the investigation and directed police to carry out a "high standard" probe and file the chargesheet only after the court's perusal.
"Nobody is safe," the court said, noting that such incidents repeatedly happen in the city.
Asking the Delhi Police to explain how the bus, which had tinted glass, kept plying on busy roads for 40 minutes remained undetected, a bench headed by Chief Justice D Murugesan directed Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to file a status report in two days.
"The probe must be of high standards and the final report (chargesheet) has to be filed only after the perusal of this court...We would be issuing necessary directions time to time. This court will also issue guidelines after taking note of contentions of all concerned," the bench, also comprising Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, said.
"We are at loss to understand as to how the bus could evade surveillance for 40 minutes... The Commissioner of Police is directed to file a report including the details of police officers who were on patrolling duty in the area. The Police Commissioner shall also state the steps taken to remove the tinted glass from vehicles including public transport vehicles," it said, expressing anguish over non-implementation of the Supreme Court order banning tinted glass on vehicles.
The court refused to tag a PIL with its suo motu proceedings, saying "we cannot derail the probe... such pleas lead to loss of focus".
During the hearing, the court said, "Nobody is safe, it's repeatedly seen in Delhi. This is not a one-off incident. Earlier, the Chief Minister had sought approval for setting up fast-track courts. We have immediately approved this. Only this much can be done by the judiciary."
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