The Delhi High Court has reprimanded the director of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in regards to the agency’s failure to submit a scientific report on the numerous arson attacks that have been reported recently on some lawyers’ properties in the national capital.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar noted that forensic reports were still pending on the evidence that had been collected by three separate police stations for the three incidents.
The bench wondered if it was “deliberately delayed” due to being “in connivance” with the accused, and noted that the FSL had received the samples on January 30.
The judges also asked Deepa Verma, Director CFSL, what would have been the case if it had been “a case of terrorists”.
An ‘Emergency Situation’
Calling it an “emergency situation”, the court pointed out that a “leader” of the Delhi High Court Bar Association had been attacked along with an executive member and another lawyer.
In a previous hearing, the court had directed the FSL to submit reports regarding the attacks that occurred on January 4, 9 and 22.
The attacks were carried on the properties of advocates who are representing a woman lawyer who had been alleged assaulted by several policemen and dragged out of her residence in connection with a stalking case that had been filed against her by a woman reportedly over a property dispute.
The bench stated that the Delhi Police Commissioner would be examining the delay in the submission of the forensics report and will file a status report on it.
The FSL has now been asked to provide their report on or before the next hearing on February 21.
FIR Filed Against Police Official Who Allegedly Assaulted Woman Lawyer
In another case, a bench comprising Justices Siddharth Mridul and Deepa Sharma was told by the police that an FIR has been lodged against one police official as well as others involved, which includes a father and son, for the alleged assault of the 60-year-old woman lawyer.
The arson attacks on January 9 and 22, occurred on the cars and properties of two senior advocates Kirti Uppal the president of the DHCBA and Vikas Pahwa. Further a Hyundai Tucson car owned by Uppal parked outside his house in south Delhi, was set on fire by unknown persons
On January 4, two cars belonging to advocate Ravi Sharma parked outside his east Delhi home were torched by unidentified people.