Court seeks action against policemen on lapses in drug case

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 18:54

New Delhi: A court here has asked the Delhi
police to inform it about the action taken against its
officers for their "lapses" in pursuing a drug possession case
leading to acquittal of the accused.

"As per the report, in reference to the order of this
court, an inquiry was conducted by ACP Patel Nagar and it is
revealed that there has been definite lapse on the part of the
officials and supervisory failure which resulted in
acquittal," Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann said.
The court was told that the DCP (West) has been asked to
take departmental action against ASI Gulshan Kumar and Head
Constable Krishan Chander for their negligence while DCP
(Security) has been directed to take action against Inspector
R S Bhasin, the then SHO.

A departmental inquiry has also been initiated against
Constable Gyanender in the case, the court was informed.

"Let the action taken report pursuant to the inquiries in
the matter be submitted in the court by or before October 23,"
ASJ Mann said.

The court had sought action against the police officers
while acquitting Ganga Prasad alias Bittoo of the charges of
possessing 500 grams of contraband `charas` in August.
It had made some strong observations saying "no effort has
been made by them (the police) to join public persons as
witness in the proceedings in circumstances where the accused
was known to the police party being a bad character of the
area and the FIR and `malkhana register` entries have been
altered by way of overwriting and interpolation which had gone
unexplained."

"It is a matter of great concern and prima facie indicates
manipulation and tampering in the official records which is a
cognisable offence," the court had added.

Bittoo was apprehended by the police officers of Anand
Parbat police station on November four, 2006, at Jhakira here
allegedly with 500 grams of `charas`.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 18:54

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