The police officer who offered Rs. 2,000 to the father of the five-year-old rape victim to allegedly “hush up the matter” told the vigilance department that he gave the money only on “human grounds”.
Hours after he was identified by the father of victim, the statement of the police officer was recorded on Wednesday by the Delhi police’s vigilance department.
While senior police officers refused to divulge any details related to the investigation, sources said the officer claimed that he was just trying to help the poor family of the victim and did not offer it as a bribe to hush up the matter.
“We have recorded the statements of the girl’s family members as well as the policeman. We are in the process of identifying the second person, who according to the girl’s father was with the policeman when the money was given to him,” said a police officer.
Asked if the identification of the policeman was sufficient enough to prove the allegations, the officer said that it would need evidence to substantiate.
“We cannot simply go by the allegations. We will have to check and cross-check the allegations, to ensure that an innocent person is not punished,” the officer added.
The girl’s father identified the policeman after a team of the Delhi Police’s vigilance department went to meet him at AIIMS with photographs of the entire staff of the Gandhi Nagar police station.
After looking at the photographs, he identified the police officer, who along with another policeman in mufti, had given him Rs. 2,000 as ‘kharcha-pani’ on April 17 at Swami Dayanand Hospital — where the girl was initially admitted.
The girl’s family claimed it was the SHO of the Gandhi Nagar police station who gave them the money. “It is the SHO who offered us money…my brother could identify him because he was the one ordering everyone to carry out their tasks in the hospital on the first day,” said the girl’s uncle. He said the money was still with them.Praveer Ranjan, joint CP (vigilance), refused to divulge details, saying it may hamper the probe.