Expressing shock over the brutal gangrape of 23-year-old girl in a moving bus, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday paved the way for setting up of five fast track courts to try rape cases in the capital.
Taking suo motu cognisance of the incident, the court said it would monitor the investigation and asked the Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar to file a detailed investigation report in two days.
The court also expressed anguish over the non-implementation of the Supreme Court's order, banning vehicles with tinted glasses, and asked the Delhi police counsel to explain as to how it has not been enforced so far.
“This incident is of great concern for all citizens in the Capital as it relates to safety, particularly women and girls. The incident happened in a public transport,” said a bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice RS Endlaw.
The chief justice, however, had a word of caution. “The fast track courts will not work if the investigation is of poor quality. Rather, it will lead to acquittal within three months.”
The bench sought to information about the victim, who is battling for her life at a government hospital, and asked the Delhi government to consider shifting her to a super-speciality hospital.
“If it is not possible to shift her, experts be asked to visit her,” said Justice Murugesan, posting the matter for hearing on Friday.
Delhi government counsel Najmi Waziri told the court that a special investigation team (SIT), led by DCP Chhaya Sharma, had been formed to expedite the probe.
The court also expressed shock as to how the bus, with tinted glasses, kept plying on Delhi roads for 40 minutes during which the girl was sexually assaulted and it remained undetected. Terming it a "brazen attempt" to play with the law and order, the high court said: “We are very disturbed … strong signals must be sent to the perpetrators of this unfortunate incident.”