The arrest of Ruby Chaudhary, the woman who posed as a trainee IAS officer and illegally stayed at the academy in Mussoorie, has raised several questions about the selective investigation carried out by police officials without taking cognizance of demands and allegations made by the accused.
While defence lawyers point out several incongruencies in police investigation, opposition BJP leaders have demanded that a probe be carried out by higher and independent agencies. Even ruling Congress said a CBI inquiry can be ordered into the case, if necessary.
According to lawyers of Ruby Chaudhary, the police arrested her on the charges of unauthorised entry in the academy. They also questioned the timing of arrest — late Friday night — despite the fact that she was with them for almost three days prior to the arrest and her stay and other facilitation was taken care of by the police themselves. Her hotel bill was also paid by the police before the arrest.
“There is a big question mark over the reputation of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), where she had stayed for more than six months using a fake identity card. How can a woman stay or frequent in and out of the academy when the institution remains guarded by highly competent reserve force like Indo-Tibetan Border Police,” said MS Pant, Chaudhary’s defence lawyer.
Pant informed that the FIR states that she was staying in the academy since September but the academy officials have claimed that she was staying there since January.
Opposition leaders in the state have also questioned the process of investigation and demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter. “Police investigation has several flaws. The state government must order a CBI inquiry into the case and those found guilty, including the academy officials, must be brought to the book,” said Mussoorie MLA and BJP leader Ganesh Joshi.