The Delhi High Court on Wednesday came down heavily on city police and the Home Ministry, saying there is no policing in the National Capital. “The Home Ministry and Delhi police are ‘playing badminton’ with issue of appointment of 14,000 police personnel,” the court made this caustic remark.
In the suo motu case taken up after the December 16 gangrape case, the court had been informed that police strength had to be increased, but the decision hasn’t been taken so far. On Wednesday, the counsel for the Ministry of Home Affairs said that the Centre has told Delhi police to ‘review’ the number of people to be appointed. Court of justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and justice Siddharth Mridul pulled up the bureaucracy for lack of proper policing in Delhi.
In a related PIL on women’s safety, the court also asked the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) to monitor whether the Delhi police crime teams actually carry the scientific investigation kits to crime scenes. The court observed, “I have never seen a proper investigation kit in any of the cases.”