A city court cautioned the Delhi Police against tampering with documents to incriminate a person, warning them that such practices could land police personnel in the dock.
While acquitting a murder accused, the court of Additional Sessions Judge Pawan Kumar Jain said, “It is bitter but true that police officers are in the habit of manipulating entries in daily diary. Such practices cannot help the prosecution in any manner; rather it helps the defence to create a doubt in prosecution case. Thus, such practices should be stopped immediately and appropriate action should be taken against erring officials….”
The case pertains to one Salim, who was arrested and booked for murder and dacoity. Police claimed to have recovered the weapon of offence and claimed that there was an eyewitness to the incident that occurred in July 2012.
However, the court pulled up police for multiple faults, including claiming to have a witness when no witness account was recorded till the time the application for a post-mortem examination was sent.
On the issue of an entry in the daily diary, police told court that one of the officers, who is also among the 20 prosecution witnesses, left the police station to deliver the copy of the FIR at 3.50 am and returned only by 6 am after submitting the FIR to the area magistrate. The entry was made in the daily diary.
However, the area magistrate stated that the FIR was delivered at his residence at 8.20 am.
“This proves that the witness (police officer) not only made a false statement in court but also fabricated the daily diary by mentioning that he returned to the police station at 6 am,” the court said.