New Delhi, May 14 (). Delhi’s Karkardooma court has reprimanded the investigating officer (sub-inspector) for adopting a negligent and unprofessional attitude in a case related to the 2020 riots in the north-eastern region of the national capital.
The court has sent the matter to Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora for further evaluation of the investigation.
Additional Sessions Judge Pulastya Pramachala gave this order while hearing the case registered at Khajuri Khas police station for various crimes including rioting, theft, dacoity, arson.
The case includes 10 separate complaints. The court had on May 1 requested an explanation from the Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-East) about the specific timing of each incident and any relevant evidence.
In its order, the court said, “Since SI Vipin is no longer working under the control of DCP (N/E) and since the court is observing his negligent and unprofessional attitude, I consider it appropriate to refer the matter to the Commissioner of Police.” So as to evaluate the above conduct of the investigation done by SI Vipin Kumar in this matter as well as misrepresenting the facts to his higher authority.
The order further states, due to the incomplete investigation conducted so far, this court is unable to decide anything with regard to the allegations. The timing of any incident is the most important part of the investigation and the next task is to collect relevant evidence based on the timing of the incident. Since the timing of the incident was not investigated by SI Vipin, it may serve no purpose to go through the evidence in relation to the incident and ascertain the complicity of the chargesheeted accused.
The court directed, therefore, that the SHO and the present Investigating Officer are directed to take expeditious steps to ensure that further investigation is completed at the earliest. During their further investigation they should take note of the questions already raised by this Court.
During the proceedings, the judge noted that in the report submitted by SI Kumar to his senior officer, it was mentioned that one of the complainants, Sameeja, claimed that the mob set houses on fire on February 25, 2020 at around 11 am Was.
Although the timing of several incidents has not been mentioned in the charge sheet and witness statements, 10 complaints have been attached to the case.
The judge criticized this casual approach to the investigation and suggested that the complaints of various complainants were being ignored.
The judge also accused SI Kumar of misrepresenting facts to the DCP and referred the matter to the Commissioner of Police.
The judge emphasized that it was important and necessary to examine the timing of the incident for framing of charges. As a result of the incomplete investigation, the court could not proceed with the case.
Further hearing of the matter will be held on July 20.