New Delhi: Taking suo motu cognisance of the gangrape incident, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday decided to monitor its investigation by directing police to carry a "high standard" probe and file the charge sheet only after the court's perusal. (Agencies)
"Nobody is safe," the court said noting that such incidents repeatedly happen in the city.
Asking Delhi police how the bus, having tinted glasses, kept plying on busy roads for 40 minutes and the sexual assault remained undetected, a bench headed by Chief Justice D Murugesan directed Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to file a status report within two days giving all details.
"The probe must be of high standards and the final report (charge sheet) has to be filed only after the perusal of this court...We would be issuing necessary directions time to time. This court will also issue the guidelines after taking note of the contentions of all concerned," the bench, also comprising Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, said in its order.
"We are at loss to understand as to how the bus could evade surveillance for 40 minutes... The Commissioner of Police is directed to file a report including the details of police officers who were on patrolling duty in the area.
"The Police Commissioner shall also state the steps taken to remove the tinted glasses from vehicles including public transport," it said, expressing anguish over non-implementation of the Supreme Court order on complete ban of vehicles with tinted glasses.
The court refused to tag a PIL with its suo motu proceedings saying "we cannot derail the probe" and such pleas would lead to "loss of focus".
During the hearing, the court said, "Nobody is safe, it's repeatedly seen in Delhi. It is not one odd incident. Earlier, the Chief Minister has sought approval for setting up for fast track courts. We have immediately approved that. Only this much can be done by the judiciary."
The bench said, "There are two important questions. The first is the investigation in the case and the second is the preventive measures. We want to know what preventive measures have been taken by the police to prevent such incidents."
The court made it clear to Najmi Waziri, the counsel for Delhi Government, that it would monitor the probe. "One thing, I must tell you is that we will monitor the probe," Justice Murugesan said, adding "We are more concerned about the actions which you (state) are taking as preventive measures."
"It is the duty of the police to ensure that such incidents do not happen. What was the police force doing while the offenders roamed (the) city streets for 40 minutes?," the court asked.
The court, which fixed the matter for hearing on December 21, said, "This incident is of great concern for all the citizens of the capital as it relates to the safety particularly of women and girl children in Delhi."
The bench, in its order, asked the police to employ sufficient number of police personnel at all entry points to the national capital to ensure that vehicles with tinted glasses do not sneak in.
It also sought to know about present status of the victim inside the government hospital and asked the Delhi Government to consider shifting her to a super specialty hospital.
"We direct the Delhi Government to shift, if possible, the victim to a super specialty hospital. If it is not possible to shift her, then the experts be asked to visit her," it said.
Earlier, Pawan Sharma, counsel for city police, apprised the court about the progress made in the probe.
"The blood samples of the accused have been taken. The clothes of the victim and that of the arrested accused have also been seized... the clothes of the accused have stains of semen," Sharma said.
New Delhi: Taking suo motu cognisance of the gangrape incident, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday decided to monitor its investigation by directing police to carry a "high standard" probe and file the charge sheet only after the court's perusal.