Delhi court seeks police response on plaint against minister

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) A sessions court here on Wednesday asked Delhi Police to respond to a criminal complaint seeking an FIR against union minister Gen. V.K. Singh (retd) for his “dog” analogy in the wake of Dalit killings in Faridabad in Haryana.

Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Gupta, admitting to hear a revision petition filed by advocate Satya Prakash Gautam, called for trial court’s record in the matter.

The court fixed the matter for further hearing on December 16.

A metropolitan magistrate on Monday rejected Gautam’s plea for a first information report against Singh under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Last month, the Delhi Police told the court that no offence was made out against the former army chief, who triggered a row on October 21 after allegedly using an analogy of stoning a dog while commenting on the burning of two Dalit children in a Haryana village by upper caste villagers.

The criminal complaint was filed in November by the advocate.

Challenging the magistrate’s order, Gautam claimed the lower court had only “desperately tried to shield the accused on various pretexts, including those not even on record, like the intention of the accused while making impugned statements that were the basis of filing of the present complaint”.

Gautam said the minister “deliberately” used such language to insult a particular community. He told the court that he requested police to register a case against the minister but they refused.

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