New Delhi, Jan 27: The DCW has issued another notice to Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi over not filing a charge sheet in connection with the rape of a four-year-old girl, an FIR regarding which was registered last year.
The Delhi Commission for Women had on January 11 issued a notice to Bassi, seeking to know why no charge sheet was filed by police in connection with the case despite the passage of 90 days since the registration of the FIR.
"A notice was sent to you on January 11. However, the Commission takes strong note of the fact that despite the passage of over 16 days, no reply in this regard has been received from you.
"You are hereby directed to submit the information sought within 72 hours of receipt of this letter failing which appropriate action under law will be initiated by the Commission," the notice issued by DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said.
The FIR in the rape case was lodged at Keshav Puram police station on October 9 last year. In her earlier notice, Maliwal said, "This is a serious issue as the accused has an absolute right to bail if the charge sheet is not filed within the prescribed period of 90 days in view of proviso (a) to Section 167(2) of CrPC.
"It should be noted that until proper and timely charge sheets are filed in rape cases, justice to victims will be denied."
The Commission had also issued a notice to the Deputy Commissioner of Police concerned to ascertain the cause behind the delay in the submission of the charge sheet.