Delhi Police Commissioner Bassi warns police not to phone judicial officers
Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi’s office has sent a letter to directed all district DCPs to instruct station house officers and investigating officers, not to call judicial officers on their mobile phones.
According to sources, an investigating officer made many unofficial demands regarding issuance of documents and called judicial officers on their mobile phones, forcing a Metropolitan Magistrate to direct the Delhi Police Commissioner to brief his men about court process and tell them not to contact judicial officers on their mobile phones.
According to a joint commissioner rank official, this letter has come after sub-inspector Sandeep posted at Shalimar Bagh Police station called several senior judicial officers on their mobile phones and informally asked for legal documents.
“A metropolitan magistrate directed the police commissioner to counsel and brief all police officials about court process and not to contact judicial officers on their mobile phones. The magistrate was upset with sub-inspector Sandeep’s conduct,” a joint commissioner rank official told Mail Today.
According to the letter-cum-memo issued by Bassi’s office to all Delhi Police officials, all district heads will ensure that their subordinates, especially investigating officers, adopt the official route while contacting judicial officers.
The letter reads: “It is expected from all district/unit heads to ensure to give proper briefing to their SHOs/IOs to comply with above directions and refrain them from contacting judicial officers on their mobile phones for purpose for which they can file application before court.”
According to a source, SI Sandeep used to call the metropolitan magistrate and other judicial officers for case related documents.
“Sub-inspector Sandeep forcefully got the magistrate’s mobile number from the court’s reader. Initially, when the reader refused to give magistrate’s personal mobile number, the sub-inspector refused to leave the court room. After getting the mobile number, he called the magistrate and asked for some documents,” a Delhi Police official said.
According to sources, recently, the Delhi Police prepared a booklet, called ‘Synopsis 2014’, a compilation of shortcomings of investigating officers in various cases. This booklet was compiled by the Legal cell of the Delhi Police quoting various court directions for investigating officers.