Saturday, August 14, 2010

Court asks CP for inquiry into registration of fake FIRs

Court asks CP for inquiry into registration of fake FIRs


New Delhi, Aug 1 (PTI) A court here has asked the Delhi Police Commissioner to get an inquiry done into the registration of fake FIRs after noting that a witness, who was termed as complainant in a robbery case, had denied the occurrence of any such incident.

Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau noted the police officers had registered two FIRs on the alleged robbery of a mobile phone, which was handed over to the complainant in one case, after it was pointed out by Shivendra Biswas, counsel for one of the accused.

The complainant, Nitin, said while recording the statement before the court that no incident of robbery as alleged had taken place. He deposed that he was taken to the Jahangirpuri police station in March where the case was registered at the instance of one Kuldeep Soni who ran a news channel in the name of K-7 News channel. It was pointed out to the court by the counsel that Nitin had testified that he took one old mobile phone from Vishwajeet whereas Vishwajeet had himself lodged another case for the robbery of the same phone. "I am shocked to observe that the allegations and narration of the incident is absolutely similar in both the FIRs,"

ASJ Lau said. "If what has been testified by the witness Nitin that the present FIR has been registered on an incident which never took place is correct, then it is a serious matter that life and liberty of four young boys has been curtailed in violations of all existing norms," the court added. It said an offence under the provisions of Indian Penal Code would be made out not only against Kuldeep Soni but also against all such officers of Police Station Jahangir Puri who were involved in registration and investigations of the present case in respect of an incident which did not happen.

The court asked the police chief to get the matter investigated by an independent agency to get to its bottom and file a report to it within 15 days. It also directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police (north-west) to ensure safety and security of 18-year-old Nitin by saying that no public person, including Kuldeep, and police officers of Jahangirpuri police station should approach him. The court also allowed bail application of all the accused, except one, who were arrested in the case.

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