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‘Short-staffed’ Delhi Police fail to escort Uber rape convict to court

delhi Updated: Oct 24, 2015 13:46 IST
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Uber rape convict Shiv Kumar Yadav(AFP)

A Delhi court was on Friday forced to defer sentencing in the Uber rape case after a short-staffed Delhi Police failed to escort the convicted driver from prison to court for the hearing.

In fact, no undertrial would be produced in court till October 30 as police officials were busy with security arrangements for the four-day India-Africa summit that begins October 26, the court was told.

Such severe shortage among the Delhi Police ranks has surfaced just days after the Capital was rattled by a spate of sexual assaults on minors, triggering a political blame-game between the Delhi government and the Centre with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal demanding control over the force which reports to the Union home ministry.

“There is a circular by chief metropolitan magistrate that undertrials cannot be produced in court from October 23 till October 30 due to the India-Africa summit and police officials are not available... Due to this reason (convict) Shiv Kumar Yadav has not been brought to court,” special public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava told additional sessions judge Kaveri Baweja soon after the hearing commenced. The court deferred the pronouncement of quantum of sentence to November 3.

The responsibility of escorting undertrials for court hearings lies with the 3rd battalion of the Delhi Armed Police, which also serves as a reserve force deployed in security arrangements. But saddled with additional workload, the battalion has no personnel left for its everyday duties, sources said.

“We had received a request from the Delhi Police headquarters to attach police personnel from the 3rd battalion to security duty for the India-Africa summit. We already have a shortage of staff and as most of the existing strength is being used in security and law and order arrangements, it is not possible for us to ferry prisoners from jails to courts and back,” said a senior officer in the 3rd battalion.

Delhi’s police force currently has around 81,000 officers and needs to add at least 30,000 personnel to reach its ideal strength. Of the existing officers, around 30,000 will be deployed for the summit.

Yadav, 32, was on October 20 held guilty of abducting, raping and criminally intimidating a 25-year-old passenger in December last year.

Shrivastava said he would demand maximum punishment of life imprisonment which under the amended rape law means the convict will stay in jail for the rest of his life.