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Geetika suicide case: court for speedy investigation

PTI  New Delhi, December 04, 2012
First Published: 10:34 IST(4/12/2012) | Last Updated: 10:36 IST(4/12/2012)

A court here on Monday directed the home secretary of the Delhi government to ensure expeditious investigation in the Geetika Sharma suicide case.

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The court criticised the police for causing delay in the proceedings.

"A copy of the order should be sent to home secretary, Delhi government, the director (prosecution) and the commissioner of police with a direction to ensure expeditious investigation in the case," additional chief metropolitan magistrate DK Jangala ordered.

The order of the court came after the Delhi Police moved a plea under Section 309 of the CrPC for expeditious proceedings.

While examining the role of the prosecution in the case, the court noted that the investigating officer (IO) and the special public prosecutor (SPP) had remained absent on several dates of hearing "without any justified grounds".

While noting that the forensic result on electronic data and documents was still awaited, the court said: "Submissions made by the IO show that not even a single step has been taken by the prosecution to get the results (from FSL) expedited."

"Investigations are being conducted by an officer of the rank of additional DCP and monitored by district DCP and joint commissioner of police. However, there seems to be very sorry state of affairs that none of these officers took pains to write a priority letter to get the results of FSL expedited.

"It seems that by moving the present application (for speedy trial), the prosecution is just doing lip service instead of having true interest in expeditious proceedings," the court said.

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