The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has written to Delhi Police stating their apprehension that sharing information would cause a law and order problem was “unfounded”. The letter to the police, on Saturday, came five days after the DCW issued summons to Delhi Commissioner of Police B S Bassi to “explain the unreasonable cause for delay” in furnishing data pertaining to crimes against women in the capital.
DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal wrote to Bassi after receiving a reply to the summons from deputy commissioner of police Dr Ajit Kumar Singla.
He wrote “I have been directed to inform the Hon’ble Commission that though Delhi Police is not legally bound to comply with the series of letters being issued by the commission, yet in order to settle the issue once and for all present communication is being addressed to.”
The DCW had written to Bassi seeking the reasons for low convictions in crimes against women, status of cases and reasons for not filing of chargesheet.
The reply stated, “This again amounts to transgressing the authority of the commission and is an attempt to act as a supervisory agency of the police department…”
Responding to this reply, Maliwal wrote that while the DCW was only following procedure, the Delhi Police’s reply to the summons had portrayed it as a ‘battle for supremacy’.
Stating that the Delhi Police should not be taking a ‘confrontationist attitude’ with the DCW, she wrote to Bassi that the commission “neither intends to be a supervisory body or a superior body of the Delhi Police”.