Police asked to conclude probe quickly and file detailed inquiry report soon

A woman who was nabbed at a Sessions court in Rohini here this past week for coercing a 75-year-old rape victim to not identify her alleged rapist had contacted the father of the accused and assured him that she would persuade the victim to not identify the accused provided she was paid for her services after the case was disposed of. This has been stated by Keshav Puram Police in an interim report to the magisterial court that was assigned to prosecute the woman for intimidating the victim.

“It has come to light that the present accused namely Rani [name changed] had contacted Moti Lal, father of Pahlad [the accused facing trial in the rape case], and assured him that she will persuade the victim/prosecutrix for not identifying the accused Pahlad during trial and to not depose against him, and family of the accused will have to make payment for this act, later on, after the disposal of the case,” noted Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vidya Prakash after perusing the interim report, submitted by the SHO of Keshav Puram police station. The police also annexed the statement of Moti Lal along with their report.

Rani was caught after the ahlmad (record keeper) of the court of Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau noticed her and another woman, who was later identified as the victim's daughter, repeatedly telling the old woman not to identify Pahlad even if she incurs the wrath of the judge.

Bail application

Mr. Prakash also kept Rani's bail application pending till November 2 after observing that the victim was slated to depose before Dr. Lau's court on November 1. “The court finds considerable force in the submission made by the prosecutor for the State that the threat of the accused, namely Rani, to the victim, to not depose in the Sessions Court, continues.”

However, Mr. Prakash did not dismiss Rani's bail application, on the grounds that she was a woman. Her counsel had argued that the victim was lodged in a Nari Niketan and out of Rani's sphere of influence. Counsel also submitted that Rani's children were very young and that she was a diabetic patient. But the court pointed out that no papers were produced by the defence to prove Rani's medical condition.

A complaint under Section 195 of the Criminal Procedure Code (offences against public justice) has been forwarded to the ACMM court against Rani by ASJ in her official position for offences punishable under Section 195 (fabricating false evidence) of the Indian Penal Code.

The ACMM asked the Keshav Puram SHO to conclude the probe quickly and to file a detailed inquiry report soon.

Rani's accomplice, who is also the victim's daughter, had been asked by the Rohini sessions court to file a written response on why action under Section 195 should not be initiated against her.