Reconstruction of the records of rape case ordered by HC
A bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice VK Jain of the Delhi High Court has directed a trial court to "reconstruct" the records pertaining to a 20-year-old rape case, in which judicial and police files went missing. The bench said that "We will dispose of the matter with a direction to reconstruct the records of the case. If it is not settled, the trial court can proceed with the case."
The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which had alleged that the rape case was pending in a lower court without any hearing for a long period while the files had gone missing from the judiciary and police. It was claimed in the PIL that in February 1994, the accused had got bail in the case of rape of a 16-year-old girl in Connaught Place which happened in June 1993. The bench said that a detailed order will be passed later.
The court had asked the petitioner Shweta Singh, advocate and the petitioner, to check and inform it whether the case has been settled as claimed by the police. She got no clue about the settlement even after taking to the victim and members of her family.