The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Punjab police to file the status report of the ongoing inquiry into the case in which Bikramjit Singh, a convict lodged in the Amritsar central jail, was allegedly murdered by Punjab police personnel recently.
The directions came from justice KC Puri on Wednesday while issuing a notice of motion to the Punjab police for July 21 on a petition filed by Rajbir Singh, Bikramjit’s cousin, seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the case.
Bikramjit had been convicted of the 2002 murder of Akali leader Gurdial Singh and was undergoing life imprisonment. He was kidnapped from the Guru Nanak Dev hospital, Amritsar, on May 5 and his body was recovered from a canal on May 8.
The petitioner has sought directions for handing over the case to the CBI, alleging that no fair investigation is expected from the local police because police of ficers are alle gedly involved in the murder case.
The petitioner has also requested the court to issue directions to the police to secure the arrest of culprits involved in the murder.
Bikramjit had been admitted to the hospital for the treatment of a back problem. The police had claimed that he was picked up by them following information of his involvement in drug smuggling from the jail premises.
The police had re gistered an FIR at Amritsar on May 6 for intentional omission to apprehend on the part of a public servant bound to apprehend a person under sentence.
On May 15, Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakhhad admitted at a press conference that police officers themselves were involved in the kidnapping and murder.