Delhi HC seeks number of cases decided by courts in last five years

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the city government to give statistics of the number of cases decided by the sessions court, the high court and the Supreme Court in the last five years.

A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said the data will indicate the number of acquittal and conviction in criminal cases, while the figures with regard to crime against women should be submitted separately..

It also asked the central government to give a timeline on an integrated plan of action that will improve policing in Delhi and prevent crimes, particularly against women, children and the elderly.

“Centre has to spend money to ensure safety of people,” it said, and questioned the union finance ministry’s expenditure department for not clearing funds for recruitment of 14,000 additional police personnel Delhi despite it being cleared by the home ministry.

Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain told the court that currently the police to population ratio was 244 and it would come down to 230 after they induct 4,227 more police personnel as has been approved by the finance ministry. The benchmark for police to population in urban areas was 227.

The court was hearing a PIL initiated by it after the December 16 gangrape for women safety and recruitment of additional police force in Delhi.

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