A city court has pulled up the Delhi Police for "wilful inaction" in not taking any step for two years to arrest an accused in an assault case, saying such leniency leads to an inference of "camaraderie" between the police and the accused. Special Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to conduct an inquiry done in the matter and find out who were the officials responsible for this. It said the inquiry should be carried out against the erring cops by a DCP rank officer and the report filed before it within 10 days. When the court came to know that neither non-bailable warrants were obtained, nor any coercive process initiated against the accused to procure his presence during the probe, it said this made it clear that the cops were hand-in-glove with accused Gurmeet Singh. "This clearly shows that the police authorities are hand- in-glove with the accused/applicant. That is why they are in a total state of inertia and are maintaining stoic silence for almost two years, which could not have been possible without active connivance of police officials in question, actively hobnobbing with the culprit.
In any rule of law society, the same cannot be countenanced," the judge said. The court made the observations while dismissing the anticipatory bail plea of Gurmeet Singh, who along with his brother, is accused of assaulting his neighbour with a 'kirpan' (sword) and abusing him under the influence of liquor in 2015. "Such... Leniency only leads to inference of camaraderie between police and the accused" the judge said. The court said it was a matter of "grave concern" that the FIR was lodged in July 2015 and, even after almost two year, no effort was made by the SHO of Sarai Rohilla police station in central Delhi or the investigating officer in the case to arrest the accused. Co-accused Gurvinder Singh was earlier arrested and granted bail by the court. The court observed that the allegation made by the complainant that the accused, while assaulting him, had said he was close to the police officials and added that this claim appeared to be correct as there was no reason why they would not be arrested for two years.
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