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Investigating officer hints at political interference

During the resumed hearing of the alleged rape and molestation of a minor resident of Khuda Lahora against five UT cops, investigating officer Usha Rani hinted at 'political interference' during the cross examination here on Wednesday.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 27, 2014 10:43 IST
HT Correspondent
Khuda Lahora

During the resumed hearing of the alleged rape and molestation of a minor resident of Khuda Lahora against five UT cops, investigating officer Usha Rani hinted at 'political interference' during the cross examination here on Wednesday.

Additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla, presiding over the special court for crime against women, recorded the statement of the investigating officer in the case.

During cross examination, the investigating officer admitted to a lot of political pressure which had interfered with the investigations of the case.

Rani admitted to delay in the medical examination of the victim at the Government Medical Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16. During the cross examination, she said that, for medical examination of the victim, consent of her parents was required, but instead of that, the consent of a person claiming to be a councillor was given. Though, Rani submitted that victim's mother was brought to the hospital, but only to get her thumb impression.

Defence counsel Rabindra Pandit said, "The police was under a lot of pressure owing to political interference, thus, they failed to carry proper investigations in the case. The investigating officer admitted to political pressure in the cross examination."

He pointed that, usually, to get the statement of the victim recorded before the magistrate, the police bring the victim. However, in this case, the victim was in custody of a local councilor, who had brought her to the court for getting her statement recorded.

All five accused constables - Jagtar Singh, Akshay, Sunil Kumar, Himmat Singh, and Anil, were produced before court. All of them were arrested and dismissed from service on December 19, 2013, on the allegations of raping and molesting the victim for months. The case will now come up for hearing on April 2. The victim was present in the court to meet one of the accused, Akshay, here, on Wednesday.