Court orders arrest of absconding colonel
A COURT on Monday issued orders to the army administration and the Lucknow senior superintendent of police to arrest an absconding army officer wanted in a rape case.india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 01:30 IST
A COURT on Monday issued orders to the army administration and the Lucknow senior superintendent of police to arrest an absconding army officer wanted in a rape case.
Additional district judge KK Sharma also asked the SSP to attach the property of the officer, Col (Dr) Yograj Raina, formerly posted at the Command Hospital here. The court also repeated an order, declaring Raina a proclaimed offender.
The officer was arrested once earlier and freed on bail. He has been untraceable ever since and has not responded to the court warrants. Two other officers Major Mohan Singh and Major Joginder Lal, who were his sureties, are also not traceable.
The court said notices should be served on the two officers as to why the surety amount not be recovered from them.
The court expressed displeasure over the army administration’s laxity in complying with its earlier orders.
Additional government counsel Jai Singh told the ADJ that the two officers, too, did not follow the orders of the court to produce the absconding officer.
The judge also passed strictures against the Colonel: “The accused is escaping the court proceedings so cleverly. His bail has been cancelled, sureties have been given the notices and orders for attachment of his property have also been passed, but the authorities have failed to comply with the orders. This is a sorry state of affairs.” According to court records, Raina was posted in the Command Hospital, Lucknow, in 2000 when he was involved in a rape case. The Cantonment police arrested him. He was later freed on bail. Police filed a charge-sheet against him in 2001 under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code.
Raina was asked to appear before court, but he did not cooperate with the process.
This was followed by non-bailable warrants and orders for attachment of his property. But the administration did not serve the orders on him. There was no information regarding his present place of posting where the orders could be sent for compliance.
The judge directed the senior officers of the Command Hospital to send a competent officer to the next hearing on September 20 to inform the court about the current posting of Raina.