Additional Sessions Judge Rajender Kumar Shastri wondered if not being properly equipped was merely a “misadventure or lack of professionalism” on the part of Delhi Police or shortage of weapons with the force.
“It agitates my mind that the incident in question was not a sudden confrontation between police and the assailants. The police acted on information, receiving which a raiding party was formed. Despite this, inspector MC Sharma did not wear any body protection i.e. bullet-proof jacket,” the judge said.
“Moreover, at least two members of the raiding party had no weapons with them despite knowing that they may face fire,” the court said.
“Whatsoever it may be, it did not give any licence to the occupants of the flat to fire at police who came there to investigate a case, merely because they were unarmed or not wearing any bullet-proof jacket. They were expected to assist the police and not to attack them,” the judge said.