Delhi High Court slammed Delhi Police on its plea challenging ACB’s powers
New Delhi, May 14, 2015: Delhi Police (DP) had filed an application in the Delhi High Court, challenging the powers of Delhi’s Anti- Corruption Branch in arresting a DP Constable on charges of corruption. The reason cited was the July 2014 notification of home ministry that stated: The state government has no jurisdiction to prosecute or arrest a Delhi Police employee.
Yesterday the HC came down heavily on DP and dismissed the plea.
The HC bench ruled that:”This plea is nothing short of indiscipline by the Delhi Police where powers of the state government are being challenged by a disciplined force”
The bench came to the conclusion that such an arrangement would lead to “anarchy” and “sharp differences between constitutional authorities and the police force will only erode the authority of the government and undermine law and order within the state.“
It is high time now that the Centre instead of engaging in power politics should think about improving accountability of Delhi Police. The control of DP should be transferred to Delhi state Govt. for micro-managing the police. As far as security of VIPs is concerned, there can be an alternative arrangement.