A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court, while hearing the bail plea of Bahujan Samaj Party Rajya Sabha MP Narendra Kashyap, who has been arrested in connection with the death of his daughter-in-law Himanshi Kashyap, ordered that the forensic reports in the case be produced before it.
Himanshi was found dead with a bullet injury to her head on April 6 at her in-laws’ house in Ghaziabad. The MP, his wife and son are presently in jail in connection with the case.
A lower court had rejected Kashyap’s bail plea earlier. The application was later referred to the CBI court which has sought forensic reports and other documents in the case.
“The court has ordered for the forensic reports in the case before giving any order on the bail plea. The CBI court will hear the plea on April 21. We have also approached the Allahabad High Court to get the bail hearing shifted out of Ghaziabad,” said Hari Om Kashyap, Himanshi’s uncle and the lawyer in the case.
Himanshi’s father Hiralal Kashyap, a former UP minister and BSP leader from Badaun, has sought to shift the bail hearing from Ghaziabad alleging that the MP could influence proceedings in his home town.
The lawyer said the transfer application was listed for hearing at the High Court on April 19. The forensic reports will reveal the angle of the gunshot, its distance and other conditions which led to Himanshi’s death. Hiralal has already raised questions over the postmortem report.
“We approached a number of lawyers but nobody was ready to take our case in Ghaziabad. So we had to bring three lawyers from Badaun. Apart from being a Rajya Sabha MP, Narendra Kashyap is also BSP’s general secretary and a senior member of Ghaziabad bar association. This may pose issues for us in pursuing the case here,” Hiralal said.
Himanshi was found dead with a bullet injury measuring nearly 5.5cm over the right ear. Her in-laws had told the police that they did not hear any gunshot that day. They also failed to inform the police and took Himanshi to Yashoda Hospital where she was declared brought dead.
The hospital later informed the police. This resulted in a delay and the police did not have access to the original crime scene for more than an hour.