The Himachal Pradesh high court has handed over the investigation of mysterious death of a National Security Guard (NSG) commando to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
A division bench comprising justice Rajiv Sharma and justice Sureshwar Thakur passed the order on a petition filed by Kishori Lal, alleging that no sincere efforts were made by the local police to trace the real culprits.
It his petition Lal said his son, an NSG commando, was posted in Delhi and had come home on casual leave in February 2013. On February 12, 2013, he had gone to railway station, Una, for getting his ticket reserved, but did not return home.
The petitioner lodged a missing report of his son on February 13. Thereafter the body of his son was found in a forest near Joh village in Una district. An FIR was registered on February 15 at police station, Gagret.
While handing over the investigation to the CBI, the court observed that, “In the instant case, though FIR was registered on February 15, the real culprits have not been brought to book till date. There should not be any undue interference with the investigation being carried out by the investigating agency. However, in the case in hand, it is evident that no sincere efforts have been made by the investigating agency to trace out the real culprits. The investigating agency has taken unnecessarily long period for investigation. The court is satisfied that the matter is required to be handed over to the CBI for investigation.”
The court directed the investigation agency to handover the investigation of FIR No. 14/2013 registered at police station, Gagret, Una, to the SP, Central Bureau of Investigation, Shimla, and further directed the CBI to investigate the matter within a period of eight weeks thereafter and file challan in the competent court, if prima facie case is made out against any of the accused.