HC: Consider making law on chain snatching stricter

Henrietta Strickland
November 15, 2017

The Delhi High Court today again pulled up the municipal authorities in connection with the unauthorised constructions in the national capital and asked the civic bodies to "start following the law".

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said it has already heard Delhi government's standing counsel Ramesh Singh on the issue and he was supposed to seek instruction on the amounts which were payable under the 3rd and 4th Finance Commissions to the EDMC.

The court also issued notice to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and sought its response to the plea which seeks contempt action against its Commissioner for alleged violation of the high court's September 26, 2017 order.

The court's direction came on a public interest litigation by advocate Prashant Manchanda who sought stringent punishment for those involved in snatchings in Delhi.

It was also prayed inter alia that amendment or addition in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) be made in lines with the state of Haryana by sending recommendations to the Law Ministry and Legislative.

The high court had on November 9 issued a slew of directions to improve air quality of Delhi.

In Delhi, police books offenders under lighter provisions dealing with theft instead of robbery or dacoity, even though weapons are used to commit such crimes, he added. "Further, the enactment of new laws in Haryana have forced such criminals to shift base to Delhi", he added.

The Hon'ble Chief Justice acknowledged that issue of snatching is a serious offence as it take in its fold other serious offences like deaths of victim, attempt to murder, grievous hurt as such incidents were incorporated in the petition too and specifically asked as to (i) Why can't it be treated as an organised crime?(ii) Why can't the law in Delhi be brought in lines with Haryana and Maharashtra?

Manchanda told the court that Delhi parks had become hubs of such crime and criminal elements frequented such places due to lack of vigilance.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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