Delhi Police to lodge FIRs in minor offences too

New Delhi: A senior police officer has informed a court that now onwards it would be obligatory on Delhi Police to register FIRs in cases relating to minor offences.

A Deputy Commissioner of Police Head Quarters, who was summoned by the court to justify the non-registration of the FIR into the stabbing of a boy who later died, said now, the complaints would be registered as are done in cases relating to heinous offences such as murder and rape.

The officer submitted before Additional Sessions Judge R K Gauba that so far as minor offences were concerned, police used to record them in their daily diary.

The Code of Criminal Procedure describes the offences into two categories cognisable and non-cognisable. In case of cognisable offences like murder, rape and robbery, the police register the FIR and hand over the copy to the complainant.

In case of non-cognisable (minor) offences, they lodge a non-cognisable report (NCR).

DCP HQ informed the ASJ that all the police stations have been supplied a prescribed form which is filled with the help of computer programmes.

The police officer appeared before the court as it started an inquiry after being told during final arguments in a criminal case that the Ashok Vihar police station had failed to lodge the FIR even after the victim was stabbed by the accused.

The police, in the case, took the plea that they did not lodge the FIR as they could not get report with regard to medical examination of the victim.

"It is correct that the local police should have registered an FIR under Section 154 CrPC immediately after recording the statement of Laxman (victim) rather than waiting for the opinion which could have come even as part of the investigation in due course," the official said.

The court took a serious view of the failure to lodge the FIR in that case immediately after the incident on October 22, 2007. The police officers, in that case, had acted two days after the victim died of the injuries.

Meanwhile, the court issued fresh notice to then DCP Manish Aggarwal for August 7 and asked him to explain as what action has been taken against the negligent police officers who failed to register the case promptly.