Court slams Delhi police, says cops deliberately leave lacunae in charge-sheets to help corruption accused

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A court in Delhi on Friday made damning observation about the functioning of Delhi police while casting aspersions on its ‘ulterior motive’ to help corruption accused.

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Special judge Hemani Malhotra, according to PTI, said that police officials deliberately left lacunae in charge-sheet to force courts to free the accused involved in heinous crime such as corruption, thereby giving a bad name to judiciary.

Judge Malhotra made these observation while discharging a transport department official in a corruption case.

The court added that the charge-sheet against the accused was filed in a “shoddy manner” by officials of Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) of Delhi government.

Singling out ACB’s Inspector Rakesh Kumar and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mahender Pal for criticism, the court also added that from the way the charge-sheet was filed, it appeared that the material was deliberately not scrutinised by these two officers.

Judge Malhotra said, “It is not the case that these senior officers of ACB are not aware of the nuances of the criminal law system. The charge sheet very clearly evidences that certain lacunae are deliberately and with ulterior motive left in the charge sheet and in collection of required evidence so as to make the courts helpless and force them to discharge/acquit the accused persons who are involved in a heinous crime such as corruption which is not only eroding the moral fabric of the society at large but also giving a bad name to judiciary and our country for conducting protracted trials ultimately resulting in acquittals in large number of corruption cases.”

The court discharged Transport Department official Rajeev Kumar Arora under the Prevention of Corruption Act saying no sufficient material was found to proceed against him.

K K Sharma, an employee of Transport Department, had made a complaint to ACB on 5 November , 2012 stating that he was going to retire in November, 2012, but Arora demanded Rs 50,000 bribe to clear his pension file.

According to prosecution, a trap was laid by ACB and Arora was caught red handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 10,000 from Sharma and a case was lodged against him.

 

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