The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday put the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Punjab government on notice on a petition seeking a CBI probe into the case of Vidhu Jain, 11, who was burnt alive in broad daylight in Malerkotla on September 30 last year.
Taking up a petition filed by Vidhu’s mother Aarti Jain, also seeking police protection, justice Inderjit Singh directed the senior superintendent of police, Sangrur, to ascertain the threat perception to the petitioner and family members.
The petitioner alleged that on September 30, 2013, her son was burnt alive by five Muslim youths by pouring kerosene oil on him. The deceased had breathed his last at Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. The FIR in the case was registered the same day at the city police station, Malerkotla.
The petitioner also made a prayer for protection of her life and liberty along with the Jain community, that is nearly 2,500-strong in the Malerkotla area. She alleged in her petition that the Muslim community, that has a strength of more than 80,000 in the area, had been targeting the Jain community members in the past.
Role of police, medical staff
The petitioner has sought directions to the authorities concerned to investigate the alleged role of police officials who had deliberately not probed the case properly. The court was informed that nine months had passed after the boy’s murder, but the accused were still moving freely and the petitioner had failed to get justice despite running from pillar to post.
Aarti Jain has also accused the medical staff of the civil hospital, Malerkotla, of negligence, allegedly due to which the minor could not be saved. She also submitted that though the Punjab government had announced Rs. 25 lakh as compensation to the family, the said amount may be distributed as reward among officials who would fairly investigate the matter but provide speedy justice.
The petitioner alleged that the state police were not investigating the case since January as she had received a letter dated January 3, addressed by the Punjab government to the union home ministry, to hand over the probe to the CBI. It was also submitted that even the central forensic laboratory at Chandigarh, the office of the chief chemical examiner at Kharar and the central forensic science laboratory at Hyderabad had failed to submit the chemical reports in the case.
The case would now come up for hearing on September 12.