Expressing regret and fear over the assault on his father Moninder Singh Pandher outside the court premises in Ghaziabad, Karan Pandher today termed the incident “a grave violation of human rights”.
Talking to reporters here, Karan said, “I fear risk to his life since the police were mute spectators when my father was being beaten up brutally by the general public and the lawyers.”
Karan asked the Uttar Pradesh government, the Centre and the UP DGP to file an FIR against the assailants caught on camera. “Though the CBI inquiry is pending and even the trial has not yet begun, the public has declared him guilty,” he said.
Later, speaking to the Hindustan Times, Karan said he has written to the Chief Justice of India and the Prime Minister, seeking fair trial and protection to his father. In the letters, he said though he reposed full faith in the CBI, today’s incident indicated that someone else was behind the Nithari killings and his father was being made a scapegoat. “The violence suggests that it was an effort to circumvent the investigations. I have requested the CJI and the PM to transfer the case from UP as he might not get any justice there. I have spoken to CBI SP, and he assured me that my father was all right,” Karan said.
He also urged the media to exercise restraint while reporting the case. “Usage of words like ‘darinda’ etc by the media have already pronounced my father guilty in the public eye.”
Meanwhile, chairperson of the Global Human Rights Council Arvind Thakur said he would appeal to the Chief Justice of Uttar Pradesh to take suo motu action against the authorities concerned for failing to provide proper security to Pandher.
“He is just a suspect. Nobody can deny him the right to defend himself. We will seek a transfer of the case to Delhi. We will also approach Amnesty International and the International Court of Justice,” Thakur said.