Unhappy with the “casual” investigation in a robbery case at Solapur, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday referred the case to the state home secretary for necessary action.
A division bench of Justices A.M. Khanvilkar and P.D. Kode directed that an office not below the rank of sub-divisional police officer conduct further probe, though police have already filed a charge sheet.
On July 15, 2008, an elderly couple’s — Kalavati and Sadashiv Dhage — house was robbed at Akluj in Solapur district. Sadashiv died a month after the incident. The police arrested six persons and filed a charge sheet. However, Kalavati has filed a petition in the court alleging the robbery took place at the behest of their neighbour, Tukaram Ingale, who wanted to buy their house.
Kalavati’s lawyer said, one of the accused had told police that Ingale had paid them Rs 1 lakh to carry out the robbery, but his statement mysteriously vanished from the case record.
The court observed that this “reinforced petitioner’s suspicion” and police had failed to probe into the allegations.
Observing that this showed “casualness of investigation”, Justice Khanvilkar said further probe was needed in the interest of justice.