Suo motu cognisance

NEW DELHI, FEB. 26. Taking a suo motu cognisance on the basis of media reports on the alleged cover-up by the Delhi police in protecting a woman head constable accused of torturing her minor domestic help, the Delhi High Court today issued notices to the Delhi Police Commissioner asking as to why a case under the Juvenile Justice Act was registered against her. The police have been asked to submit the reply by March 23.

A division bench, comprising Justices D.K. Jain and A.K. Sikri, observed that while registering the case only under the Juvenile Justice Act, the police lost sight of its Section 28 which states that where an act or omission constitute an offence punishable under this Act and also under any other Central or State Act, then, notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force, the offender found guilty of such offences shall be liable to punishment only under such Act as provides for punishment which is greater in degree.