S.S. Rathi was found guilty of killing two innocent persons

The Delhi Police on Thursday came under flak in the High Court here for not dismissing former Assistant Commissioner of police S.S. Rathi who was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for killing two innocent persons in an encounter due to mistaken identity at Connaught Place in 1997.

Taking strong exception to non-dismissal of Mr. Rathi even after his conviction, Justice S. Muralidhar sought an explanation from the Union Home Ministry why action was not taken against the police officer.

“Its a matter of grave concern if the police officials, who were convicted of a heinous crime after full-fledged trial, are allowed to continue in service on the ground that their appeals against such conviction are pending before the superior courts,” the court said asking the MHA to file affidavit within four weeks.

Mr. Rathi, who had headed the police team during the encounter, was convicted for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court in October 2007, a verdict upheld by the Delhi High Court in September 2009.

While refusing to take any action against Mr. Rathi on the ground that it was not aware who should pass the necessary order, the city police had dismissed nine other policemen who were convicted in the case.

Aggrieved by non-action by the police, the wives of the two victims who were killed in the encounter had approached the High Court.

After going through all records, the High Court sought an explanation from the government. “This court expresses its concern that a police officer who held the post of ACP at the time of the incident despite his conviction of the offence by the learned trial court in 2007 and confirmation of the conviction by the High Court in 2009, continues in service,” the court said. - PTI

Explanation sought from Union Home Ministry