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Court pulls up Delhi Police for delay in serving summons

Second direction issued to police within a span of 38 days

Suggesting that police is also to blame for the slow-down in justice delivery mechanism,a city court has directed the department to look into delays while serving summons. This is the second such direction issued within a space of 38 days.

In August 13,a nodal officer of Tata Teleservices had complained to Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau that the summons for appearing in the court had come at the last minute. Based on his complaint,Judge Lau had observed: “To be fair to the witnesses,sufficient time is required to be given to them particularly the official witnesses from various departments,not only to enable them to collect the relevant records but also to prepare themselves for their depositions in the court.”

She had thereafter directed the Commissioner of Delhi Police to take “necessary action”.

On September 12,the Commissioner’s office had informed the court that instructions had been circulated to all departments for “meticulous compliance”.

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Eight days after the assurance on September 20,another witness — a Deputy Medical Superintendent of SGM Hospital repeated the complaint. In this case,there was over a 2-month delay in serving the summons. According to the complainants,the summons was handed to the doctor two days before he had to depose.

Commenting on the lack of response from police,Judge Lau said: “I am pained to observe that there appears to be little difference at the level of the police stations and process servers or else there was no reason why in the present case,despite issuance of the process on 5.7.2013,it was sought to be served upon the witnesses only a day or two in advance i.e. on 17.9.2013.”

Judge Lau mentioned that the court had on numerous occasions directed the investigating agency to deliver summons promptly. According to the judge,a prompt delivery of summons “would add to the efficiency of the system”.

Following the observations,directions were issued to police again to “look into the aforesaid lapses and ensure that immediate remedial steps are taken to ensure meticulous compliance”.