Shahnawaz Hussain: Delhi High Court orders Delhi Police to register FIR against BJP leader in rape case, complete probe within 3 months

The Delhi High Court has come down heavily on Delhi Police for not registering an FIR against BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on charges of rape, and directed it complete the investigation after registration of FIR within three months.

The Single-Judge Bench of Justice Asha Menon on Wednesday questioned the working style of Delhi Police and said that the complaint sent by the survivor to the Commissioner of Police in 2018 clearly disclosed the commission of cognisable offence of rape "after administration of a stupefying substance".

On the order of the lower court, the complaint was forwarded to the Station House Officer, who was obligated under law to register the FIR, but he did not do so, added the Court.

Justice Menon further said that police did not file the final report in the lower court. Police had submitted an initial report in the lower court, stating that the case against Hussain was not made out, it observed.

In January 2018, a Delhi-based woman had accused Hussain of raping her at a Chhattarpur Farm House and also threatening to kill her.

The woman had alleged that in April, Shahnawaz called her to a farmhouse and raped her there, after lacing her cold drink with a sedative.