A fresh status report disclosing the names of police officials patrolling the area in Delhi which a 23-year-old girl was gang-raped in a moving bus here, has been accepted by the Delhi High Court after the city police tendered apology for not disclosing the names earlier.
“I tender my unconditional apology for not giving names of the policemen who were on duty in the PCR vans concerned, though their names have figured in the charge sheet as they are witnesses in the case,” Dayan Krishnan, counsel for Delhi Police told a bench headed by Chief Justice D Murugesan before filing the fresh status report.
“The status report says that police personnel deployed on the PCR vans are the witnesses in the case and the charge sheet has their names. So, what was the difficulty in showing their names in the status report? You should have told us this earlier,” the bench also comprising Justice VK Jain remarked.
The court had taken strong exception on Wednesday to the fact that only a junior police officer was suspended in connection with the case and that senior ones, including the police commissioner, were not made accountable.
“Why only ACP, why not DCP, why not the commissioner have been put to task?” the bench had remarked.
During the hearing, the court also said, “We direct the police officials to ensure removal of dark film/tinted glasses and curtains from the vehicles in Delhi without any delay.”
The court, meanwhile, asked the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to take immediate steps to increase the number of PCR vans in the Capital to ensure better safety of citizens, including women.
“We are also of the view that the Central government should look into the said issue and total number of PCR vans be increased from existing 617,” the court said adding that the role of such PCR vans should also be revisited to use them for proper patrolling purposes also.