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Police name officers and apologise to high court.

THE Centre's assurances of enhancing security measures and Delhi Police's unconditional apology on Thursday rescued the Capital's top police officers from further embarrassment. The Delhi High Court accepted the police's fresh status report revealing the names of policemen in the area in which a paramedical student was gangraped and murdered.

Following Wednesday's rap for not disclosing the names of officers patrolling the area and over punishing of only junior officers in connection with the case, the police tendered an unconditional apology to the court.

" I tender my unconditional apology for not giving names of policemen who were on duty in the PCR vans concerned though their names have figured in the chargesheet as they are witnesses in the case," Dayan Krishnan, the counsel for the Delhi Police, told a division bench of Chief Justice D. Murugesan and Justice V. K. Jain.

After admitting the report, the court passed an order issuing a series of directions, which included increasing the number of PCR vans in the Capital, removal of tinted glasses from vehicles and a relook into the PCR's way of functioning.

Krishnan explained to the court that the police personnel deployed in the PCR vans are witnesses in the case and the chargesheet has their names.

The bench once again pulled up the police for not revealing the names and said, " So, what was the difficulty in showing their names in the status report? You should have told us this earlier." The court had on Wednesday taken strong exception to the fact that only junior police officers were suspended and that senior ones, including the police commissioner, DCP and joint CP ( traffic) were not made accountable.

SC move

The Supreme Court has decided to take up for out- ofturn hearing pending cases relating to crimes against women. Sources said pending cases pertaining to crime against women had already been identified for expeditious disposal. CJI Altamas Kabir has decided to constitute a special bench for the purpose next week.

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Date:Jan 11, 2013
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