A city court has directed the Delhi police commissioner to register an FIR against a retired assistant commissioner of police (ACP) for concealing and destroying evidence and misrepresenting facts before a court in a criminal case, 20 years ago.
Subhash Thukral was then a sub-inspector and the investigating officer of the case. On September 27, 1993, Thukral took an original sale deed of a property at Shahdara in east Delhi into custody from the Punjab & Sind Bank in connection with the investigation. Despite seizing the papers, Thukral did not produce them before the court as a result of which, the accused was acquitted for lack of evidence. He told his superiors that he had lost the property papers.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Shailender Malik said, “It is on record that SI Thukral was guilty of concealing original documents and thereafter misrepresenting the fact before the court.”
Noting that Thukral had been exonerated in a departmental enquiry regarding the missing sale deed, the court said, “It is difficult to understand how Delhi police exonerated the said police officer when original documents were lost by him and he misrepresented the facts before the court.”
The court has directed the police commissioner to trace the documents.
The court directed that Thukral be prosecuted under Section 217 (public servant disobeying direction of law with intent to save person from punishment or property from forfeiture) & 218 (public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment or property from forfeiture) read with 204 (destruction of document or electronic record to prevent its production as evidence) of the IPC.