Delhi gangrape: Transport dept yet to share info, cops tell court
Inquiry into allegations that the Delhi gangrape incident had occurred due to "corrupt" activities in the state transport department, which allowed the bus to ply illegally, is pending for want of information from the department, Delhi Police told a court here.
Appearing before Special Judge Narottam Kaushal, ACP Crime Branch Suresh Kaushik said, "The enquiry into the matter is pending for want of information from Transport Department.
"Reply is still awaited in response to the notice issued to officials of the Transport Department for providing names and details of officials posted at the relevant time (when the bus in which gangrape was committed was given licence illegally)," he told the court, yesterday.
The official also submitted that the concerned officials shall be interrogated for ascertaining their roles in issuance of driving licence to Dinesh Yadav, the owner of the bus who has already been arrested, and registration of buses in his name.
The court granted time till May 18 to file a report on its enquiry while expressing disappointment for such delay.
The case pertains to a complaint filed by RTI activist Vivek Garg seeking directions to the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police to register an FIR against the Transport Minister, the Transport Commissioner and others for allegedly committing offences of corruption, cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy.
Garg's counsel Ajay Goel accused them of unlawfully allowing the bus, in which the 23-year-old paramedical student was gangraped and tortured on December 16, to run without permit and of issuing a false fitness certificate and driving licence on fake documents.
The owner of the bus, Dinesh Yadav, was arrested earlier by the police in a case of forgery and cheating for getting the licence on bogus documents.
The ACP had appeared before the judge in pursuance of the February 26 order of the court summoning DCP Crime Branch displeased with confusion regrading the status of the complaint.
He told the court that in pursuance of the court order, an enquiry has been commenced during which a notice was sent to Deputy Commissioner (Operations), Transport Department, to supply requisite information and three different reminders were sent subsequently but no information has been shared yet.
Garg has, in his plea, said the bus in which the girl was gangraped was allowed to ply in the city despite it being unfit for the same and having been impounded on many occasions last year.
It was allowed to ferry passengers only because of "corruption" in the transport department, he said.