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It gave a week's time to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Delhi government and the Delhi Police to file their response.

The directions of the court came on the plea filed by advocate G K Bansal in his individual capacity. Bansal has moved the court seeking a CBI probe into the case alleging contradictions in the statements of various officials including Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, eyewitnesses and the medical expert, on the reasons for Tomar's death.

Tomar (47) was admitted to RML Hospital on December 23 and died two days later due to injuries received during the anti-rape protests. During the hearing, Bansal termed the action of the police as committing contempt of the court's orders and asked, "Why is the Police Commissioner not filing the response?"

He alleged before the court that the Commissioner has been "advised" not to file a response in the case.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Siddharth Luthra, appearing on behalf of the Delhi Police, submitted that "at this stage, we are raising a preliminary objection" but assured the court that a proper reply would be filed within the stipulated time.

The court, meanwhile, directed the police to file short affidavits on a separate plea by the eight men accused in the constable's death. The plea seeks quashing of the FIR against them.

Shantanu Kumar and the other seven accused have sought quashing of the FIR registered on December 23 under penal provisions of attempt of murder and rioting on the ground that they have been framed by the police without any substantial proof.

The court asked the police to file its reply before February 20, the next date of hearing.

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