The Supreme Court on Monday asked Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to file an affidavit,detailing the sequence of events and the relevant date when the FIR was registered in the recent case of rape of a five-year-old girl in East Delhis Gandhi Nagar area.
Granting an opportunity to the Police Commissioner to put forth his defence in the matter,a bench led by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir gave him a week to file the affidavit.
It also sought details of the investigation in the case.
We are not issuing rule or notice but only asking the Delhi Police to file a short affidavit, said the bench,clarifying it was not presently proceeding to issue a contempt notice on a plea filed by NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan over the alleged delay by police in lodging an FIR in the matter.
The bench also took strong exception that money was offered to the family members of the missing girl to keep quiet and expressed dissatisfaction with the submission that the constable concerned,who had allegedly offered Rs 2,000 to the family,had been placed under suspension.
He must have been acting on some instruction. Do you think he was acting on his own? Why should a constable go himself and offer money? Somebody must have been responsible, the court observed,after the counsel for the police sought to contend that adequate steps were being taken to bring the guilty policemen to book.
The bench has now posted the matter for hearing on May 6.