SC refuses to issue contempt notice on delay in FIR

Initiate contempt action has been declined by the Supreme court which was against Delhi Police for alleged delay in lodging FIR for missing child in the case of rape of a five-year-old girl but took serious exception that money was offered to the family members to keep quiet.

The court was not impressed with the submission that the concerned constable, who had offered Rs 2000 to the family, has been suspended and said he must not have been acting on his own.

“He must have been acting on some instruction. Do you think he was acting on his own? Why should a constable go himself and offer money. Somebody must have been responsible,” a bench comprising Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and justices Vikramajit Sen and Sharad Arvind Bobde said.

The remarks were made after Additional Solicitor General Sidharth Luthra said the constable has been suspended and the police had acted swiftly on receiving the complaint about the missing girl child.

The bench said though it was not proceeding to issue notice on the contempt plea filed by an NGO, it was necessary to seek a short affidavit from the Delhi Police on the steps taken by it relating to the rape of the girl in east Delhi.

“We are not issuing Rule or notice but only asking the Delhi Police to file a short affidavit,” the bench said adding “since the ASG is present he is directed to file an affidavit relating to the matter”.

The bench, which posted the matter for hearing on May 6, was, however, annoyed that all sorts of people are filing petitions and applications on the issue.

“The problem is that everybody has started filing applications and it is difficult to find out which is a genuine,” according to the bench which was mentioned at the beginning of the hearing.

SC gets two more judges; strength goes up to 30

Justices Arjan Kumar Sikri and Sharad Arvind Bobde were today elevated as judges of the Supreme Court, taking its strength to 30.

Justice Sikri, Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court and Justice Bobde, Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court have been appointed as judges of the Supreme Court, a Law Ministry statement said here.

Justice Sikri enrolled as an advocate in July, 1977 with Bar Council of Delhi and was designated as senior advocate by Delhi High Court in September, 1997.

He was appointed as judge of the Delhi High Court in July, 1999 and became the acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court in October, 2011. He was elevated as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court in September, 2012.

Justice Bobde (56) enrolled as an advocate in September 1978 and practised at the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court. Designated as senior advocate in 1998, he was elevated as Additional Judge of Bombay High Court in March, 2000.

He joined Madhya Pradesh High Court in October, 2012 as Chief Justice.

With the two fresh appointments, the number of judges in the Supreme Court has gone up to 30. The approved strength of the apex court, including the Chief Justice, is 31..