September 28, 2021

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‘Chargesheets only to keep people in jail’

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‘Chargesheets only to keep people in jail’
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‘Chargesheets only to keep people in jail’
‘Chargesheets only to keep people in jail’

NEW DELHI: A city court came down heavily on Delhi police for filing chargesheets under the Arms Act without the requisite official sanction despite a considerable period of time lapsing, saying the only objective appeared to be to keep the accused behind bars.
Granting bail to a man arrested in November last year and chargesheeted without sanction, chief metropolitan magistrate Arun Kumar Garg on Tuesday directed the Delhi police commissioner to take action against the erring officers and ensure such instances are not repeated.
“I would like to note that a number of chargesheets are being filed by the Crime Branch for the offence u/s 25 (possession of illegal firearms) of the Arms Act alone without requisite sanction u/s 39 (previous sanction of the district magistrate) of the Arms Act despite the expiry of considerable period of time. The only purpose for filing of the chargesheets without requisite sanction…despite knowing fully well that the court shall not be able to take cognisance of the offence for want of sanction, appears to be to keep the accused behind the bars while defeating their right to default bail,” Garg said, noting that “no steps for filing of the supplementary chargesheet with requisite sanction are taken by DCP Crime Branch unless prodded by the court”.
The court sought an explanation from the DCP within three days.
The court granted bail to the man arrested in November last year, noting that he was chargesheeted only for the offence under section 25 of the Arms Act, but the court is unable to take cognisance due to non-filing of the required sanction till date. The judge noted that one last opportunity was given to DCP (Crime Branch) in August this year under intimation to the joint commissioner of police, Crime Branch, to file the sanction within three days, but it appeared to have “fallen on deaf ears”.
“It has been noticed by the court that despite repeated directions to the DCP Crime Branch to ensure filing of the replies/reports by the IOs (investigating officers) after getting the same forwarded by senior officers, the reports/replies are still not being forwarded by the senior officers from the Crime Branch which amounts to supervisory lapse on the part of not only the ACPs Crime Branch but also on the part of DCP Crime Branch,” the court said.

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