Delhi Police have been reprimanded by a trial court here for shoddy investigation in a case involving a police constable accused of using a forged caste certificate to get into the force in 1995.
After acquitting the accused, on trial since 1995, the judge observed: “The copy of this judgment be sent to the Police Commissioner, Delhi Police, for conducting the inquiry against the police officials responsible for conducting deficient investigation of the case, which made the present trial a mockery in the name of the trial.”
The accused had purportedly around 1989-1990 used a forged Scheduled Tribe certificate to get recruited into the Delhi Police force as a constable. His “forgery” had come to light upon verification and after due complaints and his arrest he was brought to trial after he pleaded not guilty.
During the course of the trial, the prosecution failed to place on record the alleged “fake” certificate or even the recruitment papers of the accused. The testimony of the witnesses also could not find credibility with the judge as some even turned hostile.
Magistrate Vishal Singh said: “The manner in which the case was investigated by the police, the evidence collected by the IO and the content of the evidence led by the prosecution reveal much about the willingness or the lack of the same of the police to bring the culprit to account for the offence committed by him, especially when the culprit is a member of its own brass.”
The judge also criticised the efficiency of the prosecution, “The prosecution of the accused was always a non-starter. The very bed-rock of the case was the recruitment of the accused as constable in Delhi Police under the reserved quota of Scheduled Tribe. However, the police did not even place the recruitment documents of the accused on record. The next logical step for the investigation agency would be to file the allegedly forged certificates. No such forged certificate has been filed as corpus delicti. The very foundation of the case vanishes into thin air.”
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