CBI special judge, Ritu Tagore, remanded Punjab police DSP, Raka Ghirra, booked for graft, to two day custodial interrogation.
CBI had produced Raka Ghirra in the court at about 1pm on Monday before the CBI special judge, Ritu Tagore. The court room was jam packed by friends, relatives and empathizers of the officer apart from the media persons.
The police moved an application seeking seven day custodial interrogation of the DSP on grounds to unearth further conspiracy.
“The accused is not co-operating….Her sustained interrogation is required to ascertain as to who all are involved. She was not investigating the complaint,” submitted CBI public prosecutor, PK Dogra, while pressing for her sustained interrogation.
The CBI submitted that during the search of her house the investigating agency recovered cash amounting to Rs 87 lakhs along with certificates showing “heavy” investments. “Her custodial interrogation was needed to ascertain the source of the cash recovered from her house” argued CBI.
“The officer was not investigating the cases registered against the accused and still was demanding bribe, indicating involvement of others as she would have to manipulate. The sheer demand of the officer of graft to help him (complainant) to settle the case hints at the nexus of the accused officer with the investigating office which needed to be probed and thus her interrogation is required,” argued CBI.
CBI prosecutor said, “ The recovery from the residence of the accused officer hints towards investment of heavy amount….thus demanding a deeper probe to ascertain whether she was a habitual bribe seeker or not.”
Defence’s counter arguments
Vehemently opposing the plea for custodial interrogation, defence counsel, Rabindra Pandit said, “AS per CBI she was caught taking bribe so investigations ends there….with regards to the recoveries made the investigating agency has seized all the documents and the officer was in their custody since Sunday afternoon. All the confrontations have already been done. CBI only wants to harass her thus they are seeking her custodial interrogation.”
He argued, “No complaint against the accused is pending against her and she is not directly involved in the case. Thus CBI cannot be allowed to harass her unnecessarily.”
With regards to the recovery of cash amounting to Rs 87 lakhs, another counsel of tainted DSP, advocate MS Jandiala, submitted, “she had sold a property that was in her name just recently and the money recovered is from the sale of property.”
“She is no ordinary cop, her father in law was a retired IG and her husband (deceased) was a DSP, so heavy investments should not be a surprise. The liquor and the cartridges also belong to her father in law,” argued Jandiala.
“If the money amounting to Rs 87 lakhs was unaccounted, then her custody is not required to ascertain the source,” he submitted
Raka Ghirra was represented by a battery of lawyers, who even moved an application to allow them to be present during her interrogation. The court has allowed advocate MS Jandiala to meet accused DSP daily for about 45 minutes during her custodial interrogation till July 27.