Facing charge of prostitution, the six-year-long ordeal of two men and a woman ended on Monday when a court acquitted them with honour.
The court observed that the accused had been falsely implicated as they objected to the lewd comments passed by the cops at the accused woman. The court also pulled up the cops for making little efforts in proving the charges against the accused and marked copies of the judgment to top UT police officials.
The UT police had booked Rukhsana (29) of Dabawali in Haryana, Lovely (46) and Vijay Kumar (46) of Panchkula, under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act on May 5, 2009.
“It leaves no doubt in the mind of the court that the cops had falsely implicated the accused, while the accused took the plea that they were booked because they had objected to some lewd comments from the cops,” observed chief judicial magistrate Anubahv Sharma. The court also observed that the contradictory statements given by witnesses, mostly cops, were aimed at benefitting the accused.
The court while forwarding the judgment to UT inspector general and SSP, observed, “Being the guardian of state exchequer, this court will be failing in its duty if this judgment is not brought in the knowledge of officers equally responsible in criminal justice administration. No police official seemed to be interested in success of the case.”
On May 5, 2009, a police party led by DSP PK Dhawan got secret information that the accused trio ran a prostitution racket and was waiting for customers near Bengali Sweets in Mani Majra.
The police laid a trap and sent SI Sher Singh as a decoy customer. When the deal was finalised and money exchanged hands, the three were arrested.