The Delhi High Court has arrested the city’s police for failing to appear in court on criminal matters, saying the criminal judiciary cannot be left at the mercy of the department and its officials, due to the negligence of which, cases are held in abeyance.
Judge Chandra Dhari Singh described the “delinquency” of the police as very regrettable and said it must be dealt with rigorously.
“It is observed by this court that the investigators concerned avoid appearing before the court. The criminal justice machine cannot be left at the mercy of the department and its officials where, due to their negligence, cases are held in abeyance and the whole machinery comes to a halt,” the court said in a February 8 order. .
The order follows a motion seeking the quashing of a first information report (FIR) filed under domestic violence and other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), at Nabi Karim Police Station ,
During the February 8 hearing, while the other parties appeared by videoconference, no police responded to the first call.
As a result, the matter was passed over in silence and on the second call, a sub-inspector of the police station assigned to the same police station showed up, who, questioned by the assistant public prosecutor (APP), declared that the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case concerned was not available.
As a result, the APP informed the court that it had ordered the Supplementary Station Officer (SHO) by telephone to appear in the case, but despite said instruction he chose not to appear in court. .
Following this, the court ordered the relevant Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) to file an affidavit together with the relevant officer’s written explanation within 10 days.
“The court has no choice but to order the DCP (Central) to personally review the case and request a written explanation from the officer concerned for his failure to appear in the case today despite the instructions given by the APP scholar,” the judge said.
The case will now be heard on February 24.