The Delhi High Court on Friday directed the Delhi Police to conduct an inquiry into allegations that police officers had demanded money from the parents of a 15-year-old girl, who had gone missing, in order to investigate the case.
According to the plea filed through advocate Kamlesh Mishra, the girl went missing from her school in August.
The parents then filed a missing person’s complaint at the Vasant Vihar police station. In their complaint, they alleged that a 21-year-old man from their neighbourhood had also disappeared around the same time as their daughter. During Friday’s hearing, the parents told the court that police teams were sent to Aligarh and Bulandshehr to trace the two and the parents were asked to fund the trips.
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S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Vipin Sanghi directed police to depute an officer of DCP rank to conduct an internal investigation into the allegations raised against the Investigating officer (IO) in the habeas corpus plea filed by the parents.
Police submitted in the court that the girl had been “in a relationship” with the man and that they tried to trace the man’s call detail records but he had switched off his mobile phone.
Commenting that the investigation seemed to have “lacked basic common sense” as police had not checked the call records of the man’s family members, the court directed police to investigate whether he has been in touch with his family in Delhi.
The court further directed that the investigation in the case be transferred to the anti-human trafficking unit since the girl is only 15 years old. The court also asked that a report of the internal investigation conducted by the DCP be placed before it by January.