Delhi gang-rape: No FIR on complaint against transport minister, others, says court

A court here has said no FIR can be ordered on a complaint against the Delhi transport minister, transport commissioner and others.

New Delhi: A court here has said no FIR can be ordered on a complaint against the Delhi transport minister, transport commissioner and others for allegedly illegally allowing the bus, in which the December 16, 2012 gang-rape took place, to ply.

Special Judge Narottam Kaushal disposed of the complaint seeking direction to the Delhi Police for registration of a case against them holding that the issues raised in it are similar to those in the FIR which was registered against the bus owner, Dinesh Yadav, early this year.

The court passed the order on the complaint filed by RTI activist Vivek Garg against city Transport Minister and others alleging that the December 16 gang-rape incident had occurred due to their "corrupt" activities and glaring irregularities in transport department.

"The issues raised and sought to be inquired into by the complainant have been given due attention by the Investigating Officer in the FIR no. 2/13 of Police Station Civil Lines (against bus owner). Persons found involved were arrested and have been chargesheeted.

"No fresh FIR can be ordered to be registered on the same facts and circumstances. The present complaint is, therefore, disposed of with no directions," the court said.

The court, however, said, "Complainant will be within his right to join investigation and make available to the IO any information which may be in his possession/ knowledge. Needless to say that IO shall give due weightage to any such material and incorporate the same in the supplementary chargesheet after thorough investigation."

While passing the order, the court considered the status report filed by the police on the complaint and also the contentions made by Garg.

The court noted that the police, in its report, had said that the driving licence of Dinesh Yadav was found to have been issued on basis of forged ration card and he and the motor vehicle inspector responsible for the same have been arrested and charge sheeted.

The report had also said all aspects of the complaint have been looked into before filing of the chargesheet and a supplementary charge sheet can be filed if new facts come to its notice.

The probe agency had also said registration of the bus was not found to be irregular and the issue regarding fitness certificate of vehicle is also under investigation.

The status report had also said that issuance of permit was in order and there was no irregularity in issuance of driving licence to Ram Singh.