Kotkhai rape-murder: Himachal HC pulls up CBI, gives two weeks to file detailed status report
On August 17, the CBI was directed to complete the probe in two weeks. But the investigation was not completed and the agency moved an application seeking extension of time.india Updated: Oct 12, 2017 11:43 IST
Unhappy at the slow pace of probe and hazy status reports in the Kotkhai rape and murder case, the Himachal Pradesh high court on Wednesday pulled up the Central Bureau of Investigation, and gave it two weeks to file the detailed status report. The court said CBI should tell whether it would be able to crack this case or not.
Earlier, the CBI submitted a status report in a sealed cover with some new facts in the case. The court said CBI is not revealing the breakthroughs, if any, it has made in the case. The CBI counsel, Anshul Bansal, however, said the agency has made progress in the case and everything is in a case diary.
The Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandeep Sharma observed that the CBI should tell the court about its actual progress. The bench gave the CBI two weeks to file the detailed status report. The CBI also informed the court that narco test reports of the accused are supposed to come on Oct 16.
The CBI counsel, Anshul Bansal, had told mediapersons that the CBI was moving in the right direction. He said a supplementary status report will be filed before the court by the next date.
The CBI had earlier told the court that it had to take the arrested accused to Ahmedabad for brain mapping. On August 17, the CBI was directed to complete the probe in two weeks. But the investigation was not completed and the agency moved an application seeking extension of time. The agency told the court on September 6, the last date of hearing, that it had to take Ashish Chauhan (29), Rajender Singh (32), Subhash Singh Bisht (42), Deepak alias Deepu (29) and Lok Jung (19) to Ahmadabad for certain tests.
Inspector general (IG) southern range, SZH Zaidi, additional superintendent of police (rural), Bhajan Dev Negi, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Theog, Manoj Joshi, and other members of the SIT and police officials, who investigated the case, were also made party to the case, and had submitted individual affidavits regarding their knowledge about the case till it was handed over to the CBI.
Prosecution sanction awaited for filing chargesheet
The CBI is awaiting sanction from the prosecution to file a chargesheet against IG Zahur Zaidi and seven other members of SIT for the custodial death of Suraj Kumar, an accused in the Gudia rape and murder case. It was on August 29 that the CBI had arrested Inspector general (IG) southern range, SZH Zaidi, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Manoj Joshi, sub-inspector (SI) Rajinder Singh, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Deep Chand Sharma, head constables Surat Singh, Mohan Lal, Rafiq Ali and Ranjit Singh.