The criminal investigation department (CID) was at the receiving end for failing to make any progress in the murder of Pune-based builder Nikhil Rane.
The division bench of justice AM Khanwilkar and justice AP Bhangale rapped the CID and the police for their laidback attitude in implementing the CID manual which prescribes regular meetings with seniors to discuss the progress in case.
“Reforming methods is a facet of police reform,” justice Khanwilkar said while hearing a petition filed by Ashwini Rane, Nikhil’s wife, seeking an independent probe in her husband’s murder.
Rane’s advocate Anil Anturkar said the CID had failed to follow its own guidelines while reading from the CID investigation manual. “If the listed methods would have been followed, there would have been some progress,” Anturkar said.
Justice Khanwilkar asked public prosecutor Pandurang Pol why the state had not implementing the manual when proven effective.
“Have a separate dedicated wing for investigation. Regular auditing is also required,” justice Khanwilkar said. To which Pol said that they could not have a separate investigation wing due to insufficient police officers.
The high court has asked the secretary for Home to look into whether the CID Manual and its stated procedures can be implemented to streamline the auditing system in the police investigation. Further the court has asked the Pol to submit all original documents pertaining to the case.
Nikhil Rane, who was in the construction business, was critically injured on November 23, 2009 when gangsters fired at him from a close range. He succumbed to his injuries a week later.
Ashwini Rane’s petition said police probe was going nowhere and sought transfer of the case to CBI. Four persons were arrested, but they police received no leads during interrogation, police said.
On July 13, the government passed an order handing over investigation to the state Crime Investigation Department.