Court told rape case settled, no files missing

New Delhi, Feb 13: Police Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that a 20-year-old rape case, whose judicial and police files were suspected to be missing, was disposed of following a settlement between the victim and the accused.

The 1993 case ended two years later after an agreement between the two parties, police said.

The investigating officer (IO) of the case told the court that the victim had informed him that she had reached a settlement with the accused and after that the case was disposed of.

The IO told the court: “Out of four accused, the main accused is lodged in Tihar Jail in another rape case.”

A division bench of Chief Justice D. Murugesan and Justice V.K. Jain was hearing a petition alleging that the day after the accused got bail 19 years ago, the case had not moved a step forward, and the files were missing.

Saket district judge also filed the report saying that as per the court register, on Oct 18, 1995 the matter was disposed of in the court but no record has been found.

The petition was filed by high court lawyers Shweta Singh and Sarika Mehta. Shweta Singh told the court that she got to know about the case through a right to information reply and sought action in the case.

IANS