Even as the Punjab government has issued a notification for the transfer of the investigation into the Vidhu Jain murder case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the premier agency has said it is awaiting an order from the Centre’s department of personnel and training (DoPT) for taking over the probe.
During the resumed hearing of the petition seeking a CBI probe into the murder of Vidhu, 11, who was burnt alive in Malerkotla (Sangrur district) on September 30, 2013, the Punjab government submitted that it had issued the notification concerned, thus paving the way for handing over the investigation to the CBI.
The CBI submitted that once it received the order from the DoPT, it would take up the investigation. Considering the submission, the court adjourned the hearing to October 27.
Aarti Jain alleged that her son Vidhu was burnt alive by five Muslim youths after pouring kerosene on him. She had alleged that the daylight crime happened in a Malerkotla bylane when the child was on way back from school. He died at Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. The first-information report (FIR) was registered at the city police station, Malerkotla.
After the police failed to solve the case, Aarti pleaded in the high court that the state government be told to hand it over to the CBI. She alleged that the police had not investigated properly and the accused still roamed free. She accused members of the Malerkotla Civil Hospital staff of negligence leading to the boy’s death, and submitted that the Rs 25-lakh compensation announced by the Punjab government for the family be given to the officers who could provide quick justice.