Immediate steps required for safety of citizens: Delhi court

New Delhi, Nov 13: Expressing grave concern over the "deteriorating" law and order situation in the national capital, a Delhi court has said immediate steps are required "at all levels" for the safety and security of citizens.

The court has made the critical observation while sentencing a youth to 10-year imprisonment for robbing a private firm executive last year after injuring him grievously.

"The deteriorating law and order problem in the capital of the country is a matter of serious concern and immediate steps are required to be taken at all levels for ensuring security and safety of the citizens," Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said.

"Under these circumstances the courts are required to find answers to the new challenges facing the society and to mould the sentencing system to meet these challenges," he said.

The judge refused any leniency for 30-year-old Rahish, who has also been involved in 16 other cases of robbery, theft and dacoities, saying any "undue sympathy shown to him would harm the justice system".

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Rahish while sentencing him for robbing and injuring grievously Rishabh Sehgal on his way back home from office on August 4, 2010 in Wazirpur area here.

Rahish and his associates Raju and Afsar, who were not arrested during the probe, forcibly stopped Sehgal and robbed him of Rs 40,000, a gold chain and a wrist watch and inflicted serious injuries, the prosecution said.


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