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CBI awaits clearance from special director

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has completed the probe into the alleged custodial death of 22-year-old Altaf Shaikh.

mumbai Updated: Sep 29, 2010 01:13 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has completed the probe into the alleged custodial death of 22-year-old Altaf Shaikh.

Counsel for the CBI informed the high court on Tuesday that they have sent the file for approval to the special director, CBI headquarters, New Delhi and are awaiting the reply.

CBI advocates Mandar Goswami and Kiran Kandpile said they expected the reply in two weeks.

A division bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice PD Kode has kept the matter for hearing on October 28.

Altaf’s death had come under the high court’s scanner after his mother, Mehrunissa Shaikh, filed a petition alleging her son was killed in police custody. She had sought action against the policemen responsible for his death.

On October 26, the high court transferred the investigation to the CBI after finding prima facie that police were responsible for Altaf’s death.

The court directed the CBI to lodge an offence against the concerned officers and persons who conducted the Inquest Panchanama.

Altaf was picked up on September 11, 2009 by the police and dragged to police station.

Later that evening, police informed Mehrunissa that Altaf was taken to Rajawadi Hospital, as he was ill.

On reaching the hospital, Mehrunissa found her son dead on a stretcher with injury marks on his body and his hair was matted in blood.

Mehrunissa approached the high court seeking a compensation and action against the policemen.

On November 27, 2009, the CBI had lodged an FIR against four policemen — sub-inspector Sanjay Khedekar, head constable Raghunath Kolekar, police nayak Sayaji Thombre and nayak tahsildar VV Rane for their alleged role Altaf’s death.