New Delhi: Taking strong objection of the lackadaisical approach of the Delhi Police in the incidence of gang rape of 23-year-old paramedical student last year, the High Court on Wednesday pulled up the police for not taking action against higher level officers and changing its statements before the court.

The Delhi Police earlier in its submission had said that three PCR vans reached on the spot where the 23-year-old paramedical student along with his friend were thrown from a moving bus but later they retracted and said that only two PCR vans had reached instead of three.

Dayan Krishnan, the counsel for police, said there were two PCR vans close to the site and it cannot be said that the bus, in which offence took place, passed through them.
"Earlier, it was said that there were three PCR vans, now you are saying there were two PCR vans," a Division Bench of Chief Justice Darmar Murugesan and Justice V K Jain observed.

Taking strong exception to Delhi Police’s lackluster approach towards revealing the names of the official posted in PCR vans on the ill-fated night of December 16, the bench said that why only ACP, why not DCP, why not the Commissioner have been put to task.

"Till today, you are not giving the names. What is the difficulty? You cannot hold back the names like this. We are not happy. Earlier also, we had expressed our unhappiness, even then you are not giving the names. What actions have you taken so far?" the bench said.

The court also pulled up Delhi Police for not following the Supreme Court's order on removing tinted glasses from vehicles.

When the court was told that the ACP of the traffic wing was also suspended, the court said, "Why joint commissioner of traffic not suspended?" "Who are the officials responsible for these lapses? Why were dark glasses and curtains not removed after the Supreme Court order? Why no further action was taken," said Justice Jain.

The court will pass its order in the matter on Thursday.

JPN/Bureau/ Agencies

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