Slamming the police for not registering a case under appropriate sections of IPC in a case of alleged human trafficking of maids by placement agencies,the Delhi High Court on Friday summoned the Commissioner of Police for giving an explanation.
Have you taken a legal advice before registering a case in a very serious case like this? the division bench of Justice A P Shah and Sanjeev Khanna asked the DCP north west N S Bundela,who was present in the court.
The senior officer Bundela told the bench that legal advice was taken over the telephone before registration of FIR on the charges of criminal breach of trust against the placement agencies for illegal trafficking of young boys and girls on the pretext of providing them jobs as domestic help.
However,he failed to answer a court query about the name of the law officer.
The bench failed to get satisfactory response from the police and summoned the Commissioner for his personal appearance in the case on January 28.
The court expressed its displeasure after the petitioner’s counsel H S Phoolka submitted that the case also attracted various other sections of IPC like the charges of trafficking,kidnapping and exploitation of juveniles,whereas the police registered a case under section 406 of IPC (criminal breach of trust) only at Saraswati Vihar police station.
This is a deliberate attempt on the part of police to let a culprit to go scot-free, Phoolka added.
The court had yesterday asked the city police to give its reply on a matter related to the growing number of cases of trafficking in children who are promised jobs as domestic help.