The duty officer of the Thane railway police station was sleeping when a constable snubbed and turned away the 25-year-old woman who was molested in a moving train on June 19.
Dilip Chavan, assistant commissioner of police, Government Railway Police admitted this in an affidavit filed before the Bombay high court.
In his affidavit, Chavan said that inquiries conducted by senior police inspector of the Thane railway police station, HS Jadhav, revealed that when the victim approached the police station, assistant sub-inspector KS Jadhav was sleeping.
A constable, identified only as Rathod in Chavan's affidavit, passed an objectionable remark that a police complaint wasn't necessary as "she had only been molested, not robbed or raped" before turning her away.
Chavan's affidavit adds that Rathod woke Jadhav, who noted down personal details of the complainant and informed the Vashi railway police station about the incident, as it had taken place in their jurisdiction.
Though Chavan claimed the Vashi police registered a first information report after Jadhav informed them, it was registered only on June 21 - two days after the incident.
When additional government pleader Rajesh Behere told the court that the Vashi police have also slapped section 354 of the Indian Penal Code (outraging the modesty of woman) in the case after the high court ordered them to do so, it invited the ire of chief justice Mohit Shah.
"You have to sensitise your police officers about offences against women," he observed before adding, "Every time the courts won't tell you to do the needful."