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HC directs police to book culprits who intimidate court officials

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Aug 31 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi Police to book the culprits who had criminally intimidated the family of former Director General of Police and Court Monitoring Committee member B L Vohra and Court Commissioner Rakesh Khanna for spearheading the demolition drive in the Capital.

In no uncertain terms, the bench of acting Chief Justice Vijender Jian and Justice Rekha Sharma asked the police to take action against all the culprits for indulging in such criminal activities.

''We will not allow this thing to happen. Intimidation, assault and obstruction during execution of the order of this court will lead to non-implementation of the Justice delivery system,'' said the Court.

The Court directed the Sahara TV, Delhi Aaj Tak and S-1 channels, who covered the incident, to submit the unedited CDs and VCDs to the police to identify the culprits allegedly led by the local MCD Councillor who had staged a violent demonstration in front of Mr Vohra's house at Saket in South Delhi.

A mob of 100 people had gheraoed the house of Mr Vohra in his absence and intimidated his family mebmers, said Mr R S Gupta, the former Delhi Police Commissioner and member of the Monitoring Committee while presenting the status report.

The report said Mr Khanna was locked up in a room by three persons including an official of the MCD Deputy Commissioner office in Trinagar in West Delhi while he had gone to supervise an unauthorised building.

The report said despite filing of an FIR the police did not nab the official.

The Court directed the police to initiate action immediately if the official was present during the offence.

MCD Commissioner A K Nigam was personally present during the hearing and assured the court that he would execute the directions by removing the unauthorised constructions on public land and ongoing illegal constructions.

The Committee report said that more than 7,92,000 acres of land worth more than Rs 500 crore had been handed over to the authorities after the removal of encroachments.

The Court directed the land owning agencies to evolve a policy to guard the land restraining further encroachment by the illegal settlers and land mafia.

Mr Nigam submitted that the MCD was acquiring modern equipment to expedite the demolition drive. The MCD had also planned to set up a nodal authority under the direct supervision of Additional Commissioner(Engineering) to prevent further illegal constructions.

A petrolling squad had been set up with a centralised telephone number to invite complaints from the public. The Court directed the Police Commissioner to depute some police officials for the petrolling squad.


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