SC to hear next week plea of woman lawyer, assaulted in police station

Supreme Court will hear next week the complaint of a woman lawyer that Delhi Police has not been lodging an FIR into a nine month-old incident in which she was allegedly assaulted at a police station by cops and henchmen of an influential person.

PTI| Last Updated: Feb 17, 2015, 20:03 PM IST

New Delhi: Supreme Court will hear next week the complaint of a woman lawyer that Delhi Police has not been lodging an FIR into a nine month-old incident in which she was allegedly assaulted at a police station by cops and henchmen of an influential person.

"We are posting it next week," a bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu said and asked senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who has been appointed amicus curiae in the case, to file his response to the report of the city police.

The report of a DCP had refuted the allegations of the woman lawyer that she was assaulted at a police station by cops and some henchmen of an influential person.

When Hansaria said the police report was "wrong", the bench then asked him to file a proper plea in this regard.

Earlier, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President and senior advocate Dushyant Dave had complained that the police has not even registered a mandatory FIR.

"What is wrong is non-registration of FIR," Dave had said while referring to an apex court judgement that police cannot refuse to lodge an FIR.

The case related to advocate Ambika Das, who had lodged a complaint with the Commissioner of Police that she was assaulted on April 4, 2014 at Lajpat Nagar Police Station in South Delhi when she had gone to serve a court order relating to a property dispute.

The apex court had treated as petition a letter written to its Registry by the lawyer in which she had narrated the incident.

It had on May 9 last year taken serious note of Delhi Police's inaction in protecting the woman advocate who was allegedly assaulted at a police station by policemen and henchmen of an influential person against whom she had gone to serve the court's stay order in a property dispute case.

Taking suo-motu cognizance of the "gravity" of the matter, the court had also directed Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi to look into the complaint filed by the lawyer on April 14, 2014 and asked the DCP (East) to ensure that "no harm is caused to the advocate".