Delhi court shootout: Documents reveal authorities had prior knowledge of security lapses

Documents accessed by India Today reveal that the Rohini court in Delhi had acknowledged the “need to augment security arrangements”, but little to nothing was done to plug the lapses.

Two assailants came in the garb of lawyers to carry out the attack on gangster Jitendra Gogi at Delhi’s Rohini court (Photo: India Today)

In response to an affidavit by the Delhi High Court against a writ petition filed on security breaches in Delhi courts, the Rohini court had acknowledged the “need to augment security arrangements in Rohini Court Complex”. However, little to nothing was done until the September 24 shootout where one under-trial prisoner was attacked by two assailants in the garb of lawyers.The response, which has now been accessed by India Today, reveals that requirement for additional CCTV cameras inside the court premises have also been pending since 2017.

NOT ENOUGH CCTV CAMERAS

Submitting the response on behalf of Rohini court, the District & Sessions judges had mentioned that there is “grossly insufficient number of CCTV cameras installed in the Rohini court complex” and the matter has been sent for administrative approval and financial sanction to GNCT Delhi on July 25, 2017, where it has been pending since then.ALSO READ | Lawyer moves SC over Rohini court shootout, Delhi Police recreates crime sceneThe Rohini Court shootout has sent shockwaves through the entire country. The Delhi Police has filed an FIR under Arms Act and is also investigating the security lapses. However, the details accessed by India Today clearly reveal the lackadaisical attitude towards security, especially when existing lapses were known to the concerned authorities.

NO PASS SYSTEM

In Rohini court, there is no system of issuing passes for lawyers and litigants. This is one of the loopholes that was used by the two assailants who came in the garb of lawyers to carry out the attack on gangster Jitendra Gogi.Speaking to India Today, Advocate Kunwar Gangesh, who had filed the PIL on security breaches in Delhi courts, said, “Such incidents repeatedly happen yet nothing is done. I was an intern when the Karkardooma shooting happened in 2015. We will be moving the High Court on Monday seeking an urgent hearing now.”ALSO READ | ‘Riddled with bullets’: Eyewitnesses recount horror of Rohini courtroom shootout

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