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Lapses in dowry death probe: HC summons police officer

The court had noted that the two investigating officers had given conflicting statements.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: October 22, 2013 1:28:22 am

In July this year,the Delhi High Court directed Delhi police chief to conduct an inquiry and take action against two officers for lapses in the investigation in a dowry death case. The court had noted that the two investigating officers had given conflicting statements.

On Monday,the court of Justice Kailash Gambhir and Justice Indermeet Kaur pulled up police for failing to take proper action and has asked the DCP in-charge of the inquiry to appear before the court next week with the inquiry report.

The case relates to the death of a woman,allegedly due to burns caused by her husband and his family. The accused were acquitted by the trial court after the two IOs gave contradictory statements about her dying declaration and failed to explain why they had not taken the signatures of doctors treating the woman.

“Prosecution has not performed its duty in a fair and honest manner…,” the court had observed in July,and had noted that the accused would not have been acquitted if police had “acted diligently and honestly”.

“We direct the commissioner of police to hold an inquiry into the role of constable Rajbir… ASI Jaipal Singh and SI Padam Singh Rana…” the court had said.

During the hearing on Monday,police informed the court that the inquiry had been completed and the inquiry officer had recommended issuance of a censure notice to the two policemen.

The bench,however,asked for the detailed inquiry report,observing that the issue was a “serious” one and that a mere censure notice had been recommended. The court also expressed its displeasure at the fact that the inquiry report had not bee placed before it,despite the fact that it had ordered the commissioner to submit the compliance as well as inquiry report.

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