The Himachal Pradesh high court on Monday issued notice to the state government in the matter of alleged police inaction in an incident that led to a man's death in suspicious circumstances.
A division bench comprising chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan issued the notices to the chief secretary, principal home secretary, director general of police, inspector general of police-CID, Shimla and Solan superintendents of police and the Boileauganj police station house officer on a petition taken up suo moto by the court as a public interest litigation, following a letter written to the chief justice by a resident of Basha village in Kandaghat, Solan district, Leelavati.
Posting the case to May 11 for the next hearing, the court directed the respondents to file status reports in the matter. The court also asked the Shimla and Solan SPs and the Boileauganj SHO to appear personally in court.
In her letter taken up as a petition, Leelavati had alleged police inaction in the death of her husband Krishan Dutt, stating he had gone to Shoghi in the morning of December 31, 2014 and was carrying Rs 2.5 lakh in cash for shopping for their son's upcoming wedding. She said a villager later got a phone call that her husband's head got chopped in a saw mill in Shoghi but when she visited the mill found his body burnt, adding there were huge discrepancies between the information received on telephone and the situation at the scene.
The petitioner said she suspected the saw mill owner of having a role in the matter, but the police did not take any action against him, adding an FIR was not filed even four months after the incident.