Pulling up the Delhi Police and Orissa Police for failing to trace a girl trafficked to Delhi in 2010, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday warned both the police forces that it would transfer the case to the CBI and order a probe into the “lapses and negligence” of police.
In December, the High Court had summoned the SP of Kandhamal district in Orissa for an explanation after observing that many of the accused allegedly involved in running the trafficking ring were yet to be identified or arrested.
On Wednesday, a bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice R S Endlaw pulled up the Kandhamal SP and the Delhi Police. “This is your duty, you are not doing charity” the court said, when the lawyer for the Orissa government said that they would not object to transferring the investigation.
The lawyer also told the court that the CBI would also need the cooperation of police on the ground, to which the court pointed out the failure of the two states to trace the girl or the trafficking ring.
“There are two issues, one is to trace out the girl, the other will be the lapses and negligence on the part of your officers, which will be investigated by the CBI,” the court said.
Police had informed the court that after efforts, the girl had been traced to a place in Hari Nagar in West Delhi, but they lost track of her after that. “We don’t want to tell the police how to do its job… should we entrust the matter to some other agency then?” the court asked.
Four girls, aged between 14 and 18, had been trafficked to Delhi from Orissa by a placement agency. Three, who were eventually rescued, were found to have been physically and sexually abused. The parents of the fourth girl had filed a habeas corpus plea in the Delhi High Court alleging that the Delhi and Orissa Police failed to trace the child.