Delhi High Court moots single-window system for compensation to rape victims

Delhi High Court moots single-window system for compensation to rape victims

A Division Bench expressed displeasure over lack of action by authorities following its April 16 orders and the delay in payment of relief

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday suggested establishment of a single-window system for disbursal of compensation to victims of sexual violence, and handed over the responsibility to the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) to work out the modalities in order to streamline the process and minimise delays.

A Division Bench expressed displeasure over lack of action by authorities following its April 16 orders and the delay in payment of relief, ranging between four and six months. A payment mechanism must be available at each Legal Service Authority office, said the Court.

The Bench, comprising Justice B. D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul, directed the DSLSA to convene a meeting with the Divisional Commissioner to evolve an effective mechanism for providing relief to the victims and submit a concrete proposal in Court by August 6, when the case will come up for further hearing.

The High Court, which had taken suo motu cognisance of the infamous December 16 gang-rape, has been issuing directions on women’s safety, payment of financial assistance to victims of sexual violence, strengthening the police force and establishment of forensic science laboratories.

Though the Delhi Government submitted in its status report that it was disbursing funds to rape victims, the Court observed that there were “inordinate delays” in payment of compensation. Even now, there was a delay of four to six months in disbursal of funds, said the Bench.

While High Court lawyer and amicus curie Meera Bhatia suggested that directions be given for establishment of a single-window mechanism, the Court said payment should be made to victims within two weeks after the issue is decided by the DSLSA.

As regards the appointment of additional police personnel, the Court observed that the change in government should not affect the process and expressed hope that the Centre will take prompt action on a recent request by the Delhi Police for creation of 14,869 additional posts. “A larger police force is the need of the hour,” said the Court.

On setting up of forensic science laboratories, the Bench directed the FLS Director to examine the feasibility of establishing labs in all government hospitals. It said the previous reply on allotment of land and purchasing of equipment was not satisfactory.



CBI clueless in judge’s wife murder even after a year

CBI clueless in judge’s wife murder even after a year

The has not been able to solve the of Geetanjali Garg, wife of former Gurgaon chief judicial magistrate Ravneet Garg, even a year after the incident.

Geetanjali’s father O.P. Aggarwal has now approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi for speedy justice for his daughter.

The 27-year-old Geetanjali was found dead in a park in the high-security police lines area July 17 last year. Her body had three bullet wounds.

The post-mortem report said one bullet hit her stomach while another hit her chin and pierced through her head and the third bullet injured her neck minutely.

Geetanjali’s family accused Garg of killing her with his family’s help after harassing her for dowry.

The Haryana government ordered an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) 15 days after the incident.

The CBI filed a case on charges of murder and other sections of the Indian Penal Code, and named Garg and his parents as the accused.

Geetanjali’s family Thursday said there has been no headway in the case even after a year.

“Despite enough proof, the accused is being shielded,” Aggarwal wrote in a letter to Modi.

“My daughter (Geetanjali) was murdered by her husband with a revolver registered in his name. He tried to hush up the matter and destroy evidence in connivance with the police in Gurgaon,” he said.

“I am 68 years old and have been a social worker for a long time, but my efforts to get justice for my daughter have gone in vain. I have moved from office to office for justice, but to no avail.

“You are requested to look into the matter and ensure your support for speedy justice so that the common man’s faith in the judiciary and the rule of law remains unshaken,” Aggarwal wrote.

The CBI had also announced a reward of Rs.5 lakh for any one who provides proof in the case but the agency has failed to get any clue.

“We are investigating the case, but can’t say how much time it will take,” CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad told IANS.



Two Delhi Police head constables sentenced to 3 year jail in graft case

Two Delhi Police head constables sentenced to 3 year jail in graft case

Two Delhi Police head constables have been sentenced to three years in jail by a Delhi court for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 100 each from bootleggers for permitting them to sell liquor illegally.

Two Delhi Police head constables have been sentenced to three years in jail by a Delhi court for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 100 each from bootleggers for permitting them to sell liquor illegally.

Special CBI Judge L K Gaur awarded the jail term to Haryana’s Jhajjar resident Ram Kumar and Jind’s resident Ram Kumar. The two were suspended in 2004 in connection with the inquiry ordered into a video tapes showing policemen taking bribe from bootleggers.

“There is no manner of doubt that the accused persons had no business to take money from Bina Sansi (bootlegger), it is abundantly clear that they had abused their position as officials of Delhi Police thus, they can be said to have committed the offence under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988,” the court said.

It also imposed a fine of Rs 40,000 and Rs 60,000 on Ram Kumar (Jhajjar resident) and Ram Kumar (Jind resident).

They were held guilty for the offences of public servant taking illegal gratification in respect of an official act and committing criminal misconduct under the PC Act and criminal conspiracy under the IPC.

A case was registered by the CBI on the complaint of one Chetan Prakash who had videographed several cops of Delhi Police and Excise Department of Delhi Government taking money from bootleggers in Uttam Nagar area.

One of the cassettes showed video clippings of scenes he had shot at the residences of various bootleggers including one Jasbir Sansi and his wife Beena Sansi at DDA Flats, Bindapur during 2002­03, the CBI’s charge sheet said.

In the clipping, one of the accused HC Ram Kumar was seen sitting in a chair in front of the house of Beena Sansi who was seen selling liquor bottles and the other cop Ram Kumar could be seen accepting currency notes from Beena and keeping it in his pocket. 

When Beena handed over Rs 100 to the two cops, they asked her to give Rs 100 more as they were two men, the charge sheet said.

The court, while holding the two guilty, said once the conclusion is reached that there was a demand for money from the side of the accused and the money was accepted, it can be presumed under provision of PC Act that they had received this money as a motive or reward for forbearing to do any official act.

“In my view, the above facts are good enough to establish the conspiracy between the two accused persons and it is also clear that the conspiracy was to demand money for forbearing to take action against Beena Sansi i.e. to commit offence under provisions of the PC Act,” the judge said.



Woman CBI officer accuses senior of sexual harassment

Woman CBI officer accuses senior of sexual harassment

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer has charged her senior of sexual harassment. Though the alleged incident occurred around 12 years ago, the case was filed with R.T. Nagar police in February this year. However, the police are yet to register a First Information Report (FIR). This has come to light now.

“Though a complaint was received in this regard, we have sought legal opinion to further the investigations,” said a senior police officer. The victim alleged that her senior officer, who retired a few years ago, had sexually harassed her, following which she had brought it to the notice of her seniors.

The victim alleged that the authorities concerned had not only failed to initiate any action, but also withheld her due promotion as punishment for bringing up the issue, which prompted her to file the complaint.

However, the senior police officer said they were apprehensive about the delay in filing the FIR. “We will take necessary action once we receive the opinion from the Legal Department,” he said. He, however, declined to comment on the delay in getting the legal opinion.



Man pours acid on girl’s face in Burdwan

Man pours acid on girl’s face in Burdwan

Man pours acid on girl's face in Burdwan
 The incident took place at Parapukur beside the Burdwan Municipality office.


BURDWAN: A miscreant has poured acid on the face of a 19-year-old girl in Burdwan Town on Thursday morning. The incident took place at Parapukur beside the Burdwan Municipality office.

SMH Meerza, SP of Burdwan, said that the victim’s family is yet to lodge a complaint. However, Burdwan Sadar police have started a probe suo motu. The IC of Burdwan Sadar police station and women officers have spoken to the victim at Burdwan Medical College Hospital.

“We have already picked up one Ayan Seikh, a suspect, for interrogation,” Meerza added. Sources said that the girl is a second year student of a local college and her mother teaches in a Burdwan school.

On Thursday morning, she was alone at her home as her mother had left for school. “Suddenly, the door bell rang. When she inquired about the identity of those standing outside, a person said they had come from the bank to check some documents. After opening the door, she found that three persons were standing in front of her. Suddenly, one of them threw acid on her face and ran away,” said sources. Neighbours later admitted her to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital. Her condition is critical, said doctors.