The Punjab police have handed over the probe to its crime investigation agency (CIA) staff into the alleged murder of Sahil Chawla, 23, during a rave party held at Abohar in June 2012, where the son and nephew of former Fazilka MLA Mohinder Kumar Rinwa were allegedly among the participants.
The information was submitted to the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday by the state counsel, following which the court headed by justice RP Nagrath directed the CIA staff to conclude the probe and submit the report.
The directions came during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by deceased’s father Baldev Raj Chawla seeking probe from the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The FIR in the case was registered more than a year after the incident at the city-2 police station, Abohar, on September 18, 2013 for causing death by negligence. The petitioner had alleged that his son, Sahil, was invited to Fazilka resident Simran Setia’s birthday party, organised on June 14, 2012, at Ice Blue Restaurant, where drugs, liquor and other narcotic substances were openly served till late night. He said the kith and kin of several influential people, including politicians and cops, attended the party.
The petitioner alleged that during the party, under the active guidance of Rinwa and liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda of Fazilka, his son was murdered in cold blood by giving him drinks laced with celphos tablets. The police had closed the case by stating that the deceased had died due to consumption of excessive alcohol, whereas the chemical examination report had found, “aluminium phosphine insecticide and ethyl alcohol detected in contents of exhibits I and II.”