The Punjab and Haryana high court has asked the Punjab government to “consider” handing over the investigation into the Gurkirat murder case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The single bench of Justice KC Puri passed the order on Wednesday while hearing a petition filed by Angrej Singh, a resident of Verka and father of nine-year-old Gurkirat Singh, who went missing from his house on November 7, 2012. His body bearing injury marks was recovered on November 16, 2012 from a spot barely 100 yards from his house.
In his order, Justice Puri noted, “It is a case of murder of a nineyear-old child and the state has not reached any conclusion in spite of the fact that the occurrence relates to November 7, 2012. The state may consider to hand over the investigation to the CBI.”
The judge also directed the state to file a status report and submit it to the court on the next hearing on October 13.
The petition was filed by Angrej Singh under Section 482 of the CrPC, praying for transfer of investigation into the case to the CBI.
The petitioner also cited his lack of faith in the Punjab Police as during investigation it “acted under political pressure” to release certain suspects who were taken into custody for questioning.
While referring to the political pressure on the police during the course of investigation, the petitioner claimed that four days after his son went missing, the cops of Verka police station picked up two suspects. However, the two were released following a protest by the supporters of certain local leaders and Amritsar civic body members.