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Special CP (Crime & EOW) had reportedly written to officers informing them about a “degree of resentment among the Hindu community” on account of the arrest of “some Hindu youth” from riot-hit areas.
Following a petition to quash his letter on "resentment in Hindus on arrests" in relation to Delhi riots, Praveer Ranjan, Special Commissioner (Crime & Economic Offences Wing) yesterday informed the Delhi High Court that the communication was issued to sensitize officials to exercise due care and precaution and to take action based on evidence available. (Sahil Parvez vs GNCT of Delhi)
Ranjan, who was present before a single Judge Bench of Justice Suresh Kumar through video conferencing, stated that issuance of such communication to guide officers through investigation was a normal practice.
It was explained that the present letter was issued after an "input" was received and was not prejudicial in nature.
Stating that it was not in dispute that senior officers are "duty bound to guide" subordinate officers, the Court called for copies of five such orders which were previously issued by Ranjan or his predecessor on the basis of a complaint/input/representation.
The orders have to be submitted in a sealed cover within two days.
The Court was hearing a petition by Sahil Parvez who lost his family members to the riots that took place in the national capital's North East area earlier this year.
Appearing through Advocate Mehmood Pracha, the Petitioner has argued that the letter amounts to illegal and unlawful interference and gives an impression that the riots were between two communities.
Delhi Police, represented by Standing Counsel Amit Mahajan, has opposed the petition on the ground of it being mischievous.
Earlier this month, The Indian Express had reported that Special CP (Crime & Economic Offences Wing) Praveer Ranjan wrote to senior officers of the Delhi Police informing them about a “degree of resentment among the Hindu community” on account of the arrest of “some Hindu youth” from riot-hit areas.
In the communication, Ranjan had asked the ofifcers to “suitably” guide the Investigating Officers and exercise “due care and precaution”.
The matter would be heard next on August 7.