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Patna HC asks state for ATR in Ara court blast case

patna Updated: Jul 08, 2015 10:08 IST
Prashant Pratap
Prashant Pratap
Hindustan Times
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The Patna high court on Tuesday ordered the state police to provide an updated action taken report (ATR), including the steps taken to apprehend all accused of the Ara civil court bomb blast case within a fortnight.

A division bench comprising chief justice L Narasimha Reddy and justice Sudhir Singh passed the order on a PIL initiated upon a report published in Hindustan Times on July 2 this year relating to the Ara bomb blast.

The judges also asked the police officials to identify and verify about those persons who had allegedly given shelter to the accused of the civil court bomb blast case.

It directed that the officers present in the court, or other police officers concerned with the Ara civil court bomb blast case, should inform the court of any pressure mounted from any quarters or person in a sealed cover, which will be treated expressly as contempt of court, the judges added.

Principal additional advocate general, Lalit Kishore, who was accompanied by the police officers summoned by the court, said that six persons not named in the FIR have been arrested, apart from one named accused, in connection with this case.

While taking cognisance of the matter, the judges had earlier observed, that “This writ petition is taken up as a public interest litigation on the basis of a newspaper report. The court is very much concerned since the incident leading to the arrest of a criminal, by name Lamboo Sharma, occurred right on the premises of the Ara court. It was the second incident at the instance of the same criminal. It appears that the criminal received aid and help from the politicians holding high offices, and that he has also been given shelter by such persons. Unless the police is galvanized from political interference, there is every likelihood of the investigation also being influenced”.

The HC had added: “We, therefore, intend to oversee the investigation into the crime. Before issuing the specific directions, we would like to ascertain the stage of the investigation and the basic facts thereof, right through the concer ned police. We, therefore, direct the additional director general of police ( headquarters), DIG., Shahabad Range at Ara and the senior superintendent of police, Bhojpur at Ara, to be present in the Court on July 7 forenoon, together with the records pertaining to the case”, the judges had ordered on the last date of hearing.

The court also directed that the officers present in the court, or other police officers concerned with the Ara civil court bomb blast case, should inform the court of any pressure mounted from any quarters or person in a sealed cover, which will be treated expressly as contempt o the court, the judges added.

Principal additional advocate general, Lalit Kishore, who was accompanied by the police officers summoned by the court, informed that that six persons, not named in the FIR have been arrested, besides one named accused, in connection with this case.

While taking cognizance of the matter, the judges had earlier observed: “This writ petition is taken up as a public interest litigation on the basis of a newspaper report. The court is very much concerned since the incident leading to the arrest of a criminal, by name Lamboo Sharma, occurred right on the premises of the Ara court.

It was the second incident at the instance of the same criminal. It appears that the criminal received aid and help from the politicians holding high offices, and that he has also been given shelter by such persons. Unless the police is galvanized from political interference, there is every likelihood of the investigation also being influenced”.

The HC had added: “We, therefore, intend to oversee the investigation into the crime. Before issuing the specific directions, we would like to ascertain the stage of the investigation and the basic facts thereof, right through the concerned police. We, therefore, direct the additional director general of police ( headquarters), DIG, Shahabad Range at Ara and the senior superintendent of police, Bhojpur at Ara, to be present in the Court on July 7 forenoon, together with the records pertaining to the case”, the judges had ordered on the last date of hearing.

The judges posted the matter on July 21 for further monitoring.

During course of hearing AIG (headquarters), DIG., Shahabad Range at Ara and the SSPf Police, Bhojpur were present in the court with the investigation details.

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