The Union Home Ministry on Wednesday ordered a probe into the allegations made by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit that senior Delhi Police officials were allegedly interfering in the recording of the statement by the 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim.
Even as Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar dismissed the allegations as baseless, a judicial magistrate Tuesday recorded a fresh statement of the victim after Dikshit’s letter. Home ministry officials said they were taking the complaint very seriously.
Dikshit’s letter comes just days after her son and Congress MP Sandeep demanded that Kumar resign for what he called mishandling of the protests at India Gate.
Following a complaint from sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Usha Chaturvedi about the alleged interference by the police, Dikshit on Monday had written to Shinde seeking an independent inquiry into the ‘interference’ by police officers when Chaturvedi sought to record the victim’s statement at Safdarjung hospital on December 21.
In her complaint, Chaturvedi had said that police officers had asked her to record the victim’s statement as per a questionnaire prepared by them and that the report by the police based on the victim’s friend’s statement did not match the victim’s testimony.
Neeraj Kumar, however, had dismissed the allegations. He had said it was the same police officers who had asked the government for an SDM to get the victim’s statement recorded. The SDM was briefed at the Vasant Vihar police station.
“We approached the deputy commissioner from the Delhi government for an SDM to record the victim’s statement. There was no lady SDM in the New Delhi district so the SDM from Vivek Vihar was sent to record the statement,” Kumar had said.
This is not the first time the police and Dikshit have been at loggerheads. While her son Sandeep last week demanded that Kumar resign, the CM has long demanded that certain policing functions be brought under the Delhi government’s purview from under the Union Home ministry and the lieutenant-governor.
It is weird that the home ministry controls Delhi police. This is the root of all evil in Delhi police. The home ministry must relive itself of additional burden of Delhi and hand it over to the state givernment.
I agree with you Swami. These three pillars are not for common men. They just harass common public. We require a strong reform in these three pillars as well as in our political system. To make them realize lets choose their daughter to travel in Delhi without security in public transport. Only then they would realize how a lady fights everyday to reach her destination. I am sure next day they would pass the resolution as they passed resolution to increase their salary!
dear editor, The politicians who happen to be sworn as ministers chief ministers must not state any maater with out vettig it and confirming that it is correct to avuid confusion and unweanted agulents and disputes Also the miister must not try to be popuat by uttering wrong things is ostances of this nature,Responsible persons must under stand the rle of police when a MAD VroweThe ministers must be even in their utterings and actions do not try to gain popularity by wrong moves but for this mental strength is required to face facts date Wednesday December 26th 2012 Time 1400 hrs ist
What is this stupid things that the CM, the police, the home ministry are doing why can't they work together instead of blaming each other. The entire nation is watching, its very shamefull as the victim is battling for the life and the government is fighting internally for some petty issues........
Here is a victim battling for life and here are the jokers (politicians, judiciary and police) dabbling into the fine niceties of procedures to record the statement - completely baffling. There is no soul left in the pillars of indian democracy at all. I am shocked to see that the victim had to make the statement 2 times !!! And then the cops and CM fight over the veracity of statement? My God! Where We are and What we are suffering from? If this is the justice talk for a critical victim can we believe in justice system at all?