Protesting the “illegal registration” of an FIR against a public prosecutor, the Delhi Prosecutors’ Welfare Association (DPWA) has decided to stop scrutinising the Delhi Police chargesheets before they are filed in courts. As many as 1,000 chargesheets are filed each day in the six Delhi courts after they are checked by public prosecutors, said a source. “Police bring the chargesheets to prosecutors to ensure it is free of defects,” the source added.
The DPWA decision came after two cross FIRs were registered at south Delhi’s Saket police station about 20 days ago. One of the FIRs is against a public prosecutor.
One FIR was registered on the complaint of a 50-year-old woman who allegedly entered the office of a public prosecutor in Saket court with her driver and confronted him in connection with her case, said a police officer.
“This was a two-year-old road rage and molestation case in which she had alleged that she was molested and beaten up by a person. However, a cross FIR had been filed against her, alleging that she had assaulted the person,” the officer added.
The case was in trial stage, but the woman allegedly confronted the public prosecutor on why her name was not removed from the cross FIR, said the officer. “The prosecutor told her he was not the competent authority to answer this and asked her to leave his office. But she allegedly created a ruckus inside his office and her driver started filming the scene with a mobile phone. The public prosecutor then informed police and registered a complaint against her for stopping a government officer from performing his duty. Later, she also lodged a complaint of molestation against him. The two FIRs were registered on the basis of the two complaints,” the officer added.
After registration of the FIR against the public prosecutor, the DPWA called an emergency meeting on September 9 and resolved not to check the chargesheets. “We decided to stop checking the chargesheets, which we were doing in accordance with an order passed in 2012 by the then Lieutenant Governor,” said Gaurav Singh, president, DPWA.