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HC Seeks report on missing files of 20-year old rape case

Posted on Jan 31, 11:50AM | UNI

New Delhi, Jan 30 : The Delhi High Court today directed the Saket Court district judge and the Additional Police Commissioner(ACP) to file a status report regarding a missing file of a 20-year old rape case.

A bench comprising chief justice D Murugesan and Justice V K Jain directed the Police Commissioner and the district judge to file the status report giving explanation as to how the case files of a 20 year old case are not traceable because of which , the trial is held up for so long.

Earlier, also the HC had directed the district judge to find the whereabouts of the file and report to it. The district judge, today sought more time to file the status report to the HC. The Court posted the matter for February 13.

The matter pertains to a case in which a 16-year old girl had filed an FIR(First Information Report) in 1993 that she was raped in Connaught Place by a man Karan Pal.

The police had arrested the accused but after he was let out on bail in 1994 the case did not move an inch in the court.

Rather the files are not traceable till today, the petitioner's lawyers Shweta Singh and Sarika Mehta alleged.

The HC directed the additional police commissioner to give an explanation about the missing files as well as why the trial has been held up for so long.

The court's direction came on a petition alleging that the day after the accused got bail 19 years ago, the case had not moved a step forward.

The Police had filed the charge sheet on September 27, 1993 but the file went missing during the proceedings and could not be traced till now. The accused was released on bail on February 23, 1994.

The lawyers told the court that the status of missing file was brought to their notice only after a reply to a Right to information (RTI) was received by them other wise no proceedings were being undertaken in the case.