Expressing displeasure over police’s “irresponsible” attitude, the court said there has been a sharp increase in cases where cops have failed to file detailed reports (DARs) on time.
Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) judge Santosh Snehi Mann pointed out that for the past six months personnel of two police stations-Nangloi and Rajouri Garden-did not file a single DAR on time though the statutory period for filing a report is 30 days.
Mann also said the cops kept seeking extension in a “mechanical” and “routine” manner. A lot of times when the investigating officer (IO) is absent, the matter goes unrepresented, she added. In some cases a substitute police official appears in place of an IO without any authorisation.
The DARs, the court said, are often defective, verification of various documents are not done in compliance with statutory rules and copies of DARs not supplied to various parties.
“These issues were noticed in various case files and taken up for suitable instructions with the quarters concerned in police hierarchy from time to time (including up to the level of DCP),” the court said. However, even senior police officials, despite giving an assurance to the court, could not do anything to improve the situation, it added. The court listed 60 cases-not just from Nangloi and Rajouri Garden-where police had failed to discharge its statutory duties.
The court added that an order dated October 9 was brought to the notice of DCP (west) to bring the chaos, apathy and lack of coordination “prevailing under his nose to his notice in the hope and with the objective that he would issue necessary instructions to the officers and men under his control… In spite of the assurances held out by the ACP/DCP, the mismanagement on the part of local police continued and had to be formally noticed for suitable directions in various cases from time to time”.
Mann said though the DCP show-caused a number of policemen for “gross misconduct, negligence, carelessness, lack of supervision, unprofessionalism, disobedience of order and dereliction in discharge of the official duties,” it failed to produce the desired results.
The tribunal said the DCP was free to take steps resolve all problems. “All concerned, particularly the state agencies, must understand that the (MACT) jurisdiction is of great sensitivity… It is the responsibility of this tribunal to ensure that all concerned provide the aid and assistance which is timely, comprehensive and effective.”