The missing case of a woman and her two children has been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The Bombay High Court, on Friday, rapped the Mumbai police for failing to trace the mother and children who are missing since June 28.
A division bench of justices AM Khanwilkar and PD Kode has directed that an officer of the rank of superintendent of police (SP) must probe the case.
The court was hearing a habeas corpus (produce person in court) petition filed by Mukhtar Khan alleging that the police have failed to trace his wife Meenaz, and children – Munzin, 3, and Ruhi, 5.
On June 28, Meenaz left home with her children with seven tolas of gold and Rs 40,000. Her husband, Mukhtar Khan, in his petition has alleged that the police lodged a complaint only after wrote a letter to the commissioner of police.
Khan’s advocates, Sandeep and Priyanka Karnik, alleged that the police had failed to take action on his complaint despite the fact the mother and children have been missing since June.
The court also directed the secretary, home department, to immediately issue instructions to the SP and ask him to take over the case from November 1.
"Trace one or all the three missing persons and produce them in court during the vacation," observed the court. "In case the SP is unable to trace them, then he must file personal affidavit explaining the action taken by him to trace them."
Additional public prosecutor informed the court that the police suspect that Meenaz has eloped with one Sharafat Khan.