Agencies, New Delhi
The Government today ordered an inquiry to go into the charges levelled by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit that senior Delhi Police officials were allegedly interfering in the recording of the 23-year-old gangrape victim’s statement.
The inquiry was ordered by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde after the Chief Minister and the Delhi Police had a war of words over the charges by Ms Dikshit.
Ms Dikshit had shot off a missive to Mr Shinde asking for an independent high-level inquiry into the matter.
In her complaint, Ms Dikshit alleged that senior officers of Delhi Police were interfering when the rape victim’s statement was recorded by SDM Usha Chaturvedi.
Ms Chaturvedi had also accused three senior police officers of putting pressure on her to record the statement the way it suited Delhi Police.
However, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar shot down the charges.
The Congress today sought to distance itself from the demand by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and party MP Sandeep Dikshit for the resignation of Police Commissioner Neeraj kumar over the gangrape of a para medic student in the city.
Talking to reporters here, Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury said what the Chief Minister and Sandeep Dikshit said was the not the view of the Congress party.
“What the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Mr Sandeep Dikshit have said is not the official view of the Congress party,” Ms Chowdhury said.
Asked if the demand by Mr Sandeep Dikshit, who is a party spokesperson, did not constitute its official view, she said, “Whatever Sandeep Dikshit said was in his capacity as Member of Parliament.” Asked whether the Congress was rejecting the demand for the resignation of the Delhi Police Commisisoner, she said, “The Congress is neither accepting nor rejecting the demand. We do not have a stand because inquiry in the matter is still on.
Till the report of the inquiry is out we cannot make a comment on the matter. I am sure the inquiry will reach its own conclusion.”