Directions for Delhi police commissioner's intervention in 2020 riots case fell on deaf ears: Court

In an order dated October 12, Garg had also directed Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana to furnish a detailed report regarding steps taken by him.

Published: 18th October 2021 01:45 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th October 2021 08:11 AM   |  A+A-

Delhi police commissioner Rakesh Asthana.

Delhi police commissioner Rakesh Asthana. (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  A court has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the police for the ‘undue harassment’ of the accused in a February 2020 riots case, noting that repeated directions to the police commissioner and other senior officers seeking their personal intervention had fallen on deaf ears.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Arun Kumar Garg directed the police to cough up the amount for delay in moving an application for segregation of complaints and conducting investigation in the case to all seven accused. 

“Repeated directions have already been issued by this court not only to DCP (NE), Joint Commissioner of Police (Eastern Range) and Commissioner of Police, Delhi seeking their personal intervention in the matters pertaining to the North East riots. However, it appears that all the aforesaid directions have fallen on deaf ears,” the judge stated. 

In an order dated October 12, Garg had also directed DCP Rakesh Asthana to furnish a report on steps he took to ensure investigation of cases pertaining to North East riots. Furthermore, the judge directed the Secretary (Home), Union of India to order an inquiry to fix the responsibility for imposition of the cost and deduction from the salary of the erring officer. 

The cost was imposed after the police requested adjournment in the case on grounds that investigation was being carried out in the wake of an order passed by a Sessions Court on September 10. In September, the ASJ had asked why five riot incidents which took place at three blocks of Bhajanpura on different dates were clubbed in one FIR and had directed the complaint of Akil Ahmad be separated.

Panel told to relook organ donation plea

THE Delhi High Court has asked a three-member committee to reconsider the case after examining the fresh medical reports of a minor who is seeking permission to donate part of his liver to his ailing father suffering from an advanced stage of liver failure.

The court said it is hoped that in case the 17-year-and-nine month-old boy is found fit for donating a part of his liver as per his medical reports received from the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), the committee set up by the appropriate authority will reconsider its report for granting approval to him so that his father’s life may be saved.

Justice Rekha Palli said in view of the urgency involved, the petitioner is granted liberty to approach the registrar of the high court for listing of the case between October 16 to 20, and fixed the plea hearing on October 21.

‘At this stage, it may be also noted that this court had on September 27, observed that the petitioner had made out a case of ‘exceptional medical circumstances’ and ‘in the light of this position, I am of the considered opinion that the three-member committee constituted by the Appropriate Authority, which had furnished its report on October 6 and 9 ought to reconsider the petitioner’s case within two days from the receipt of his medical reports from respondent No.2 (ILBS),’ the judge said.


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