Why was police chief not made accountable, asks HC

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday took strong exception to the fact that only a junior police officer was suspended in connection with the gangrape.

"Why only ACP, why not DCP, why not the Commissioner been put to task," asked a bench headed by Chief Justice D Murugesan while expressing anguish over non-disclosure of the names of policemen who were patrolling the area where the woman was raped in a moving bus on December 16.

The High Court warned the city police that it cannot be blamed for any "consequential order".

"We had directed you to give names of the officials posted on relevant PCR vans and the areas concerned. Today also, we are not convinced (from the status report) because the names of the officials have not been given. You (police) don't blame the court then. We will pronounce the order tomorrow," a bench, also comprising Justice V K Jain, said.

The bench said "sufficient" opportunities have been given but the names of the policemen have not been provided.

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