The Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed more time to police and the district judge of Saket courts to file fresh reports on missing documents related to a 20-year-old rape case.
A bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice VK Jain allowed the plea of the police and the judicial officer and asked the additional DCP of New Delhi and the district judge to file the status reports in the case and posted the matter for February 13.
During the hearing, the court questioned advocate Sweta Singh, who has filed the PIL, asking in what capacity she has filed the plea.
“The FIR was filed by the girl (victim). Neither the accused nor the complainant is before us? What made you to file a PIL?” the bench asked, adding, “we will certainly look into the lapse part. We just want to confirm the facts as we are not supposed to pass orders against a person who is not before us.”
Earlier, the court had asked the district judge and the police to file the status reports. On Wednesday, it extended the time at the request of the authorities concerned.
The PIL alleged that the 20-year-old rape case was pending in a lower court without any hearing as the judicial and police files have gone missing.
It also alleged that accused Karan Pal, who got bail 19 years ago in the case, had allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl at a place in Connaught Place in New Delhi in June 1993.